It means that businesses like Grocery Outlet that have loads of plastic bags will have to get rid of them within the next six months. The owner of Grocery Outlet says he’ll likely keep the plastic in place through the end of the year to get rid of it.
This ordinance will require a five-cent charge for each paper bag a customer uses in place of the plastic ones.
“We also have reusable bags that we sell, and we have a lot of reminders and posters to remind customers to bring their bags so that it is a smooth transition for the customer,” said Michael Griego, Grocery Outlet owner.
“I do tend to use plastic. I do think it’s easier to carry but probably in six months I could get used to paper or at least bring my own bag,” said Eugene resident Jane Burek.
Exemptions include bags used to carry produce, meat and bulk food.
Eugene is the third city in Oregon to approve this ban. Portland and Corvallis already have it in place.