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The Town of James Island passed an ordinance in January of 2019 regulating the distribution of single-use plastics within the Town's jurisdiction. The Ordinance has been subsequently amended, with final ratification in Nov. of 2019. Please see below for copies of both ordinances.

The new regulations become effective on January 1, 2020.

The Town passed its ordinance identical to the ordinance passed by the City of Charleston. Many of our businesses have other locations in the City's jurisdiction, and we wanted to make the transition away from single-use plastics as smooth as possible. Charleston County also passed an ordinance identical to the City of Charleston and the Town of James Island.

This regional flyer was created to help direct businesses and residents on what is allowed and what isn't allowed, and is a great reference.

The City of Charleston received a grant from DHEC to help support businesses with this change. There is a great deal of useful information on their website at

Please contact Town Hall if you have any questions.