CORVALLIS, Ore. — Changes could be coming to the plastic bag ban in Corvallis. In July, small businesses with less than 50 employees will have to join the big retailers in enforcing the ban. But on April 17, the Administrative Services Committee voted to give small businesses a break.
They no longer have to charge five cents for paper bags sized differently than the standard barrel sized bags. Also, their bags don’t have to meet the 40 percent post-consumer recycled content for bags.
The changes address many of the concerns small businesses had about the ban.
“The 40 percent post-consumer material is not readily available to small business size bags and what is available is significantly more expensive to us,” said Donna Bella owner Susan McMahon.
She says the changes will be a win-win for the shopper and the business.
“It’s that feel good thing that when you leave you have something to take with you. It’s not just what’s in the bag but it’s nice to advertise that bag. It’s our marketing. It’s our brand,” said McMahon.
The city council will vote on the changes in May.