Proposed Plastic Bag Ban in Oregon

Going green — By Stephanie on December 18, 2010 at 6:55 am
plastic globe Proposed Plastic Bag Ban in Oregon

Proposed plastic bag ban to help save the Earth (image from RTseablog)

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!

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  1. Shannon says:

    I’m not surprised by this as Oregon is always an early adapter to being eco-friendly. Yay for Oregon.

  2. admin says:

    I agree! Yay for Oregon – bring on the ban!

  3. CarolZ says:

    Just as plastic bags have become a menace (even though they were meant to save trees), so will the reusable tote become a menace.

    The environmental cost of producing one tote is equivalent to producing 400 plastic bags. Rather than reusing their totes 400 times, I predict that people will end up buying dozens of totes as new tote designs are continually made available for the design-conscious shopper.

    Rather than banish plastic bags, it makes more sense to encourage the recycling rate with monetary incentives. Just like we have done with aluminum cans.

    The status symbol of using designer totes is just another feel-good eco-fad that will likely have little impact on conservation.

    The grocers will benefit most from the plastic bag ban because they will profit from the sale of totes. And that explains their support.

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