prompts lawmakers to
temporarily lift plastic bag ban
General Assembly passed legislation today to temporarily
the plastic bag ban on the Outer Banks of Dare, Currituck, and Hyde
counties in the aftermath of Saturday’s tornado outbreak in eastern
The ban is suspended until no longer than June 30, 2011.
According to the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, the legislation was
requested on behalf of Food Lion, which lost its regional warehouse in
Dunn, N.C., last weekend when a tornado destroyed the building.
State Sen. Stan White said the legislation is a temporary suspension
that will allow Food Lion time to replace the supplies - including
paper bags - that were lost due to the storm.
White emphasized that this does not repeal the legislation enacted two
years ago, which prohibits stores on the Outer Banks from using plastic
The destruction of the Dunn warehouse also caused a temporary shortage
of inventory at the Food Lion in Avon during the busy Easter week.
However, John Burtz, operations specialist in Avon, said that the store
is now fully restocked and is receiving goods from Food Lion’s
warehouse in Disputana, Va.
The Republican-controlled General Assembly earlier this session
introduced legislation to permanently repeal the plastic bag
It has not been acted on yet.