MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant Town Council has approved an ordinance banning certain plastic and Styrofoam products.
According to town officials, Council voted 8-1 Tuesday night on the final reading of an environmentally acceptable packaging and products law.
Councilmembers say the ban would go in effect in one year.
"This is incredible news, and we share the excitement of residents and local leaders," said Laura Cantral, executive director of the Coastal Conservation League."A ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam will curb plastic pollution and protect places like Shem Creek and the Charleston Harbor."
According to Cantral, the passing of the ordinance is the most comprehensive single-use plastics ordinance in the state's history, with Mount Pleasant becoming the largest municipality in South Carolina to effectively address plastic pollution.
Lawmakers at the state level are considering a law that would stop Mount Pleasant and other cities from passing such a ban on plastics and similar products.