EUGENE, Ore– Paper or plastic? In six months, you won’t be hearing that question anymore in Eugene stores.
On Monday night, the City Council voted 6-2 to ban plastic bags in Eugene. It is now the third city in Oregon to ban plastic bags in stores, following Portland and Corvallis.
Councilors Mike Clark and George Poling voted against the ban, saying it forces consumer behavior. But the others said it comes down to environmental issues.
Councilor Pat Farr attempted to make an amendment to give retailers the option of charging a five-cent fee for paper bags, but it did not pass.
Now Eugene retailers have six months to get rid of their plastic bag stock and give time for the public to transition before the policy takes effect.
City Council also voted 5-3 to direct the City Attorney to investigate whether State or Federal laws could be used to stop coal from coming through the city.