We posted several months ago about the proposed plastic bag ban in Oregon. Now, the idea is moving closer to reality.
Both Oregon grocers and environmental groups have pledged support for a statutory ban on single-use plastic bags commonly used by retailers. If the new law passes, the ban would take effect in November 2011.
That gives you plenty of time to purchase reusable totes! And, should you forget your reusable bags, you can purchase a recycled paper checkout bag for only 5 cents.
So, just who is supporting the proposed plastic bag ban in Oregon?
- Northwest Grocery Association
- Fred Meyer
- International Paper (paper bag manufacturer)
- Far West Fibers
- Surfrider Foundation
- Environment Oregon
- Willamette Riverkeeper
If Oregon adopts the proposed plastic bag ban, it would be the first state to adopt state-wide legislation regarding the ubiquitous plastic bags which are rarely recycled, do not decompose and are made from petroleum products. Let alone the fact that plastic is literally choking our oceans.
Under the terms of a law banning plastic bags, paper bags made from at least 40% recycled products would be available to consumers that do not own, or do not wish to purchase reusable bags. Exemptions would include pharmacies, restaurants and non-checkout bags like those offered in produce sections.
What do you think about a plastic bag ban? Be sure to share your comments below!