North Carolina lawmakers were to vote this week on a bill that seeks to ban plastic bags in three counties in the state's Outer Banks area. Under the pilot plan, shoppers in Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties would receive recycled paper bags or bring their own reusable bags to stores; if successful there, the program could be imposed statewide. The American Chemistry Council, meanwhile, says that recycling is the better option. "Eight hundred and thirty million pounds of plastic bags and [plastic wrap] were recycled in 2007," said Shari Jackson, head of the ACC's Progressive Bag Affiliates.
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