CORVALLIS, Ore. — Shoppers in Corvallis had mixed reactions when the plastic bag ban first went into effect at the beginning of the year. Two and a half months later, those feelings remain.
The ban was approved in January to decrease unnecessary waste. It applies to businesses with more than 50 employees, like grocery stores and larger shops. Reusable bags are available for five cents each. The money goes to the retailer.
Some have taken the change in stride. Brolin Kawewehi said, “To see that people are taking the necessary steps to get rid of pollution here in Oregon makes me feel better.”
But others are still having a hard time grasping the ban.
“Leaving the grocery store, it’s harder to carry all the groceries out in paper bags. Plastic bags have the handles; it’s easier. Paper bags make it more difficult,” said Lauren Limani.
The second phase of the ban that goes into effect in July. It applies to smaller businesses with less than 50 employees. A similar plastic bag ban takes effect in Eugene on May 1, 2013.