Mixed Reactions to Plastic Bag Ban

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.


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  1. ahshucks says:

    The plastic bag ban pushed on the public in Corvallis and Eugene by a bunch of Lib Tards. A public vote should have taken place. It is time for a change in leadership in Oregon city’s and state.

    1. Mary says:

      What a sad message. Calling people names is juvenile and counterproductive. I for one am glad we have leadership that cares about our community. Very glad. Living for today without a care for tomorrow is selfish.

      1. ahshucks says:

        Mary don’t feel sad at all. If you are one of the Lib Tards that agree with approving law without a vote then you deserve the name. Second our leader are nothing but buyer’s of votes. They say well give it to you free and the OWS’ers come running to the voters booth. I didn’t say I didn’t care about the future or the use of reusable bags. You idiots assumed and there for made a**’s out of yourself. I said we need a vote on it. You are a very sad person because you did not read my message right. Go back to school and learn to read. Count to ten before you make another comment.

  2. KC says:

    Oh my gosh, people. Recyclable bags are NOT that expensive, they are easy to use and keep in your car, they are better for the environment. What is SO difficult for you to do?!

  3. hawkins074 says:

    I am surprised that anyone would have a challenge with banning plastic bags. Our laziness is not more important than our land and water. I am a native Oregonian living in Hawaii part of the year, and Oregon the rest. People in Hawaii are all for banning the bag, I would have guessed that people in Oregon would have a more positive reaction to this idea. Is it really that hard to change habits and or dependencies? Cork your mouth and watch a few reliable documentaries. If the impact that plastic bags and bottles has on our surroundings does not bother you, or you are still having a hard time with changing this simple habit, consider leaving.

  4. Raquiem11 says:

    well said hawkins074

    In Ireland and many other parts of the world they are charging a small fee as you check out if you would like a plastic bag rather than a re usable bag. It’s actually socially looked down on if you use plastic bags. Are we really that lazy minded here. Maybe it’s all of the Mc Donald and taco bell in the brain blocking common sense. Really People?

  5. KC says:

    It really is a laziness issue. I’ve been astounded today talking about this with coworkers, how many of them are very reluctant to make the switch. Yes, it’s a different way of doing things, but the BENEFITS to our environment–and not to ours–to our KIDS’ environment– aren’t those benefits worth our effort? And this is such a small effort. Lazy, lazy people. Think ahead when you shop. Keep the recyclable bags in your car. Keep one in your handbag or backpack. It’s NOT difficult to do!!

  6. audra says:

    i think the big problem is how the ban went into effect. it was not voted on by the public so it makes you wonder how shady the deal was. i refuse to use those recycle bags because they are disgucting. thye harbor so many germs, i feel so sorry for the checkers that have to touch them. i hate that i have to buy paper bags but i figure i am doing my part to keep the timber industry alive!!!

    1. Mary says:

      They’re only gross if you don’t wash them! And canvas bags are PERFECT for reuse because they’re stronger, better made and WASH easily.

  7. Mary says:

    I’ve been using canvas and other reusable bags for many years. Ten? Probably more. It’s NOT a hardship…at all! I was interviewed for this article while I was checking out at my co-op in Corvallis yesterday (but I’m not in the article). I was taking advantage of my owner discount (10% off) and bought almost $500 in groceries (I stock up big time!). As I was leaving, I had a cart packed with canvas bags, plus one slung over each shoulder. I could put 20-30 pounds in each, if I wanted to, they’re so much STRONGER than plastic! I’d bet at least one or two bags had 20-30 pounds in them. I’d noticed one bag was a bit soiled so I threw it in the wash and there you go. Clean as a whistle and ready to fill again. Carry them in your vehicle! I hate this had to be legislated, but come on. It’s insane how much junk we throw out every single day. It doesn’t just disappear, all that ‘garbage’ is still with us! A potato chip bag I threw out in 1986 is STILL out there, in some landfill. That pair of shoes with the hole in the sole is in the landfill, and will be until my kid’s, kid’s grandchildren dig it up for reuse. I buy just about everything I consume in bulk at my co-op (reusing old jars and bags as containers) or used at resale shops. I’ve been doing it for so many years, I couldn’t say. And I’m vegetarian. And I’m lazy. If I can do it, so can YOU! You really will feel so much better and not feel as guilty whenever you throw some still in your garbage can and then look at your daughter or son. We’ll never change an ignorant, closed mind…but that doesn’t mean we should give up. Working for a BETTER future is the only course ahead.

  8. ahshucks says:

    You were interviewed for this article so that makes you an expert. No you just a user of the canvas bags. So my guess is that your an organic OWS’er hippy. I could be wrong but I will take a chance. Please don’t push your ideals on to us. I/we don’t need it.

  9. Laura says:

    I am an employee at a grocery store, I have worked there’d for almost 5 years. Yes, this ban kinda sucks because there are so many other hints to use the bags for, but most people just toss them out, they don’t break down near as we’ll as a paper bag does. We have used reusable bags for a few years now, and have come to notice that as long as you don’t ALWAYS dry the bags, they last a long time….. It’s not that difficult and shouldn’t really be such a big deal! People need to just accept it and move on, being rude to other people by name calling, definitely will not get you what you want!
    Have a nice day, enjoy saving out earth!!!! :)

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