Plastic Bag Ban Options Discussed in Corvallis

February 29, 2012

By Heather Turner

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The City of Corvallis is taking the next step that could eventually lead to a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Back in November, the Mary’s Peak Group of the Sierra Club drafted and presented an ordinance to Corvallis City Council to ban the use of single-use plastic bags.

That meeting resulted in an agreement to explore what options are available more thoroughly.

On Wednesday, a group of local stakeholders met for their third time to talk about the options they have regarding the reduction of single-use plastic bags at Corvallis retailers.

The scope of the work session was to reduce from all retail locations single-use plastic carryout bags that are less than 2.25 millimeters thick.

They have three options to do that.  The first option is to put a ban on plastic bags with a pass-through fee on paper bags.

Second, allow both types of bags, but have a retail pass-through fee on both plastic and paper.

Third, have a voluntary education program about the plastic problem to encourage reusable bags.

“Our role as staff is to try to get as many interested parties involved as possible, so that we can do what’s best for the community.   It will ultimately be up to our city council to decide,” said Kris Dejong with Corvallis Public Works.

The stakeholders also discussed improving recycling options for plastic bags.  No decisions were made in Wednesday’s meeting.

Corvallis Public Works will now be sending out a survey to local retailers and citizens to find out what their opinion is.

There will be a public meeting on this topic April 3.

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