Paper or plastic? Do you miss being asked that? I do. It’s just plain wrong to ban a perfectly lawful product. Oh, and did you know that Manteo was exempt? Yes, its true, Manteo is exempt. You can read the text of the bill here. Plastic Bag Ban Text of Bill Manteo was exempted by a phrase that says the ban only applies to barrier islands or peninsulas that are bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by a coastal sound.  How convenient for the residents of Manteo.

And if you think you’re saving by bringing in your recyclable bags, forget it.  The store still has to purchase all those more expensive paper bags and that cost is passed down to you.  The credit for bringing in your own bag is not enough to offset that increased cost.  The problem with this is that the ‘tax’ is hidden, you don’t see the increased cost because the business bears and passes it to you in the form of minute increases in the cost of goods.  I’d have preferred to see an actual tax.  That would have been transparent and would have left me with a the choice, paper or plastic?