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In North Carolina, the Daily Advance reports that Walmart “has no objections to a ban on single-use plastic bags in the beach areas of three counties and expects to comply fully with the measure now that it’s become law.”

The three counties affected are the Outer Banks areas of Hyde, Currituck and Dare counties. It requires retailers with five or more stores in North Carolina and at least 5,000 square feet of sales floor space to offer paper bags made from 100-percent recyclable materials or reusable tote bags.

“This (change) is right in line with our values,” says Chris Neeley, a spokesman for Walmart. “Walmart has been a leader around the country in gradually removing plastic bags from our stores, and easing people in to reusable bags. We’re a corporate leader in the green movement.”

The law actually affects only one Walmart store, but Neeley says that the company could implement changes in other units based on lessons learned in that single unit.
KC's View:
Another case of Walmart doing the right thing. It is easy to imagine Walmart getting ahead of the curve on this issue by announcing that it is eliminating plastic bag usage completely from its stores.