EUGENE, Ore. — First Portland, then Corvallis, now Eugene–an ordinance banning plastic bags went into effect Wednesday.
There’s both support and frustration in grocery story aisles.
Shoppers in the Eugene Target store can’t get plastic grocery bags anymore while they’re shopping. Instead they’ll have to pay a nickel for every paper bag as the citywide bag ban goes into effect.
The five-cent charge for paper doesn’t scare away some shoppers.
“Definitely because I don’t think that’s too much to pay for convenience,” said Lynette Felix.
But other shoppers will turn to bringing their own bags to the store.
“I always carry a reusable bag in my purse. Initially it was because I got my five cent discount, but now I’m just used to having it. My mom started it first, so it kind of rubbed off on me,” said Kelsey Weilbrenner.
“I always shop the grocery store and every place with reusable bags, so it really wasn’t a big adjustment for me, but I’m sure it is for a lot of people,” said Nita Postlewait.
Some shoppers say adjusting to the ordinance by carrying bags to the store will be difficult at fist.
“When I remember to get them out of my car (laughs),” said Dawn Davis.
“I put a bunch of bags in my car, so I’d have them, but I really don’t enjoy having to bring them in,” Felix said.
But while some don’t enjoy the ban, others are supportive but understand the frustration.
“I like the plastic ban even though like other people say you can use them for garbage can liners. I still like stopping the excess waste,” Davis said.
Since the neighbor next door doesn’t ban plastic .
“They might lose customers, from Eugene that’ll go to Springifeld?” Felix said.
Customers looking to continue getting plastic bags say they’ll take their business elsewhere.
To help customers with the transition, Target gave each customer one free reusable bag.