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Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags To Take Effect in Oregon

Paul Ploumis
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The bill would ban thin single-use plastic bags and place a 5-cent fee on paper bags.

Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags To Take Effect in Oregon

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The HB 2509 legislation on statewide ban on plastic bags,  passed by the Oregon Senate and signed into law by the Governor, is about to take effect on January 1, 2020. The ‘Sustainable Shopping Initiative’ will ban use of single-use plastic bags by retail outlets and restaurants. It must be noted that several cities in Oregon have passed local plastic bag ordinances.

The bill would ban thin single-use plastic bags and place a 5-cent fee on paper bags made from at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper and reusable thick plastic bags at checkout. The prescribed fee is intended to encourage the public to bring own bags to the store for shopping. The fees collected will be used to offset the cost of paper bags, which obviously are more expensive than the plastic carryout bags.

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The bill is expected to make significant contributions in addressing growing plastic pollution crisis. It is intended to save oceans and wildlife from the harms caused by plastics. Incidentally, plastics have proved to be the leading form of pollution and marine litter worldwide. Moreover, the ban would save municipalities and Oregon taxpayers from costly cleanup. It must be noted that plastic bags are cited as the main cause of mechanical failure in sorting facilities.

Meantime, several leading retailers in the State have already stopped using plastic bags in their stores, in support of the upcoming ban.

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