Check this out. To me it’s self-evidently wacky:
STATE AGENCIES TO PURCHASE WATER IN BIODEGRADABLE
9 SECTION 19.3.(a) The General Assembly finds that the sale and use of
10 bottled water in plastic bottles derived from petroleum products negatively impacts the
11 State’s solid waste stream and reliance upon imported fossil fuels.
12 SECTION 19.3.(b) G.S. 143-64 reads as rewritten:
13 "§ 143-64. Beverages contracts.
14 (a) In order to encourage the use of biodegradable plastic bottles derived from
15 renewable resources as a substitute for traditional plastic bottles manufactured from
16 petroleum products, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, single serving
17 bottled water purchased by State departments, agencies, boards, and commissions shall
18 be packaged in bottles made of biodegradable materials.
19 (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, local school administrative units,
20 community colleges, and constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina
21 shall competitively bid contracts that involve the sale of juice or bottled water.
22 Contracts for the sale of juice and contracts for the sale of bottled water shall each be
23 bid separately from each other and separately from any other contract, including
24 contracts for other beverages or vending machine services. The local school
25 administrative units, community colleges, and constituent institutions may set quality
26 standards for these beverages, and these standards may be used to accept or reject a
28 SECTION 19.3.(c) This section becomes effective October 1, 2008, and
29 applies to purchases of bottled water on or after that date.
(HT: Chris Hayes)