May 01, 2019
Town Council to Consider Regulation of Single-use Plastics at May 7 Meeting
Recently, coastal communities, including Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, James Island, and others, have enacted ordinances limiting the distribution and/or use of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam products. Most recently, Charleston County enacted an ordinance covering all unincorporated areas of the County.
On April 29, Town Council held a work session to consider the many different bans being enacted and assess whether Kiawah should similarly support this environmental action. Council will be considering an ordinance prohibiting the single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and polystyrene/foam products at next week’s Town Council meeting on May 7. The draft ordinance can be read here . As a reminder, all ordinances require two readings.
There are differences between the ordinances enacted to date by municipalities in South Carolina. The proposed Kiawah ordinance most closely parallels the language recently adopted by Charleston County, but additionally regulates the use of these products on our beach.
Members of the public, including interested residents and property owners, can comment on the proposed ordinance at the beginning of next Tuesday’s regular council meeting or send any questions or comments to Stephanie Tillerson, Town Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any emails will be shared with the Town Council prior to the meeting. All Town Council meetings are available to watch via live stream on the Town’s YouTube channel.
Supporting Documentation: Plastics Presentation 4-24-19