RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Some groups are calling on the Raleigh City Council to implement a citywide plastic bag tax and will propose it at tonight’s city council meeting.
The North Carolina Public Interest Research Group is one of the groups behind this proposal. Every time someone goes to the store and uses a plastic bag, they have to pay a 10 cent fee for that bag.
The group tells CBS 17 that that plastic trash you see on the side of the road can stay stuck in the environment for hundreds or even thousands of years and have a long-lasting impact.
“It’s either overfilling our landfills or polluting our natural spaces, and often ending up in our waterways where it harms wildlife,” said Katie Craig of the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group.
People we heard from on Tuesday said they wouldn’t have a problem with fees if they helped the environment.
“I think the more people become aware of their surroundings, the better our society will be,” said Raleigh resident Larry Martin.
Those attorneys will speak at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting.
Additionally, Durham recently considered a similar proposal, but the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association opposed it. He said he would support consumer education rather than giving people another tax to worry about.