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City Of Clemson Considering Plastic Bag Ban

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CLEMSON, S.C. -

Clemson University student Nathan Weaver is passionate about just about everything he does.  So, when the graduating senior started thinking about a plastic bag ban in the city of Clemson, he decided to go straight to the top.  "I visited Hawaii last summer, and they have a ban statewide," he says.  "So I came back and took the idea to the mayor of Clemson."

That discussion soon turned into a lengthy presentation before the entire Clemson city council, in which Weaver presented why he believed the city should ban the bags.  "We all know they're trash, and it's hurting our environment," he says.

"I think not allowing the bags would be a small easy change that's not going to hurt people.  It might be a small inconvenience in the short term but I think people will get used to it and in the end, it's going to be good for everyone."

Mayor J.C. Cook, along with city council member Crossie Cox, are just two of those who are intrigued by the proposal.  "I think we need to seriously look into it," says Cox.  "We want to do things that are good for our environment here."

Cox says the idea is still in the "discussion" phase, and council members would have to discuss the details of how implementing any plastic bag restrictions would work.  Weaver suggested to council that they could give incentives to residents who used cloth bags, or perhaps charge a five cent tax if you have to use plastic.

Some residents are not so sure about that idea.  "I think I would be really frustrated if someone made me pay five cents for a plastic bag," says shopper Ashley Cowden.

Weaver is just happy the city is at least entertaining the idea.  "I think Clemson can really jumpstart this for other areas in South Carolina," he says.

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