Oct 15 - Eugene, OR Looks to Phase Out Single Use Bags

The City of Eugene, Oregon may become the third in the state to ban plastic bags.

According to media, the city council has been discussing a plastic bag ban with a five cent charge on paper. The council may vote on the issue at its next meeting on October 22.

The proposal is similar to one adopted by the City of Corvallis this summer.

Portland was the first in Oregon to ban plastic bags in July 2011, effective last October. A one-year report of the ordinance released this month recommended an expansion to all retailers and the addition of a five cent charge on paper bags to encourage more reusable bags and fewer single use bags.

In Los Angeles County, a plastic bag ban and 10 cent charge on paper bags has resulted in 94% reduction of all single-use bags--including a 24% reduction of paper bags.

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