Plastic Bag Ban in Oregon?

Posted by — July 13, 2010 5:31 pm

 According to, in a February special session, Oregon Senators Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) and Senator Jason Atkinson (R-Central Point) introduced a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags in Oregon. It is anticipated that this bill will not likely pass until 2011 given the short time period it has to get through lawmakers in 2010.  

Dozens of cities across the United States have adopted single-use bag reduction laws including San Francisco and Washington D.C. However, it can become difficult for retailers and consumers alike to learn the patchwork of bag legislation from city to city which is why some states feel state-wide legislation is best. In California AB 1998 (a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California) is supported by the California Grocers Association (CGA).

“AB 1998 creates a uniform, statewide standard to help level the playing field among food retailers,” said CGA President Ronald Fong, in a statement. “It addresses the issue of single-use carryout bags across all California jurisdictions and provides the most environmental gain with the least competitive disruption for retailers.”

Portland citizens and environmental groups are hoping that if a state-wide ban is not achieved that Portland will still be able to adopt reduction efforts. A gathering and rally will be held on Wednesday July 14th at city hall to encourage commissioners to be leaders in the reusable bag movement. Join the Ban the Bag Day of Action in Portland!

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