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Public hearing on plastic bag ban tonight
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Camden City Council will hold a public hearing regarding Councilman Jeffrey Graham’s proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in the city limits.

Graham proposed bringing forward an ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags from stores in the city during council’s Feb. 12 meeting two weeks ago. He said he thought of the idea following a recent municipal conference. He called them a “problem for the environment … and our sewer system,” and decried their appearance in waterways leading all the way to the cities on the coast.

Graham said other areas of the state have already enacted such bans, others are looking to do so, and the legislature may even consider state-level measures. He said alternatives, such as reusable totes, are available to merchants and consumers.

Depending on the feedback received from those speaking during the public hearing, council may consider first reading of an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags at its next meeting, set for March 12.

There are only two other pieces of business on tonight’s agenda: first reading of an ordinance approving a rezoning request for adjacent properties at 401 and 403 Dicey Ford Road from R-15 (residential) to Limited Business District, or LBD; and a resolution authorizing the consumption of wine and beer at the upcoming S.C. Waterfowl Association banquet.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., Camden, and is open to the public.