EUGENE, Ore. — The plastic bag ban is now a week old and many residents are questioning the 5 cent charge for the paper bags. Some residents say some stores are charging more than 5 cents.
The ordinance states that the 5 cent fee per paper bag is the minimum amount retailers can charge. So stores are free to charge more if they want.
“If people are charging more it’s just a message to people to bring your own bag and be aware of the resources you are using and chose to conserve when you can,” said Stephanie Scafa, Zero Waste Analyst.
Eugene was the third city in Oregon to pass a plastic bag ban, in an attempt to keep the city green.
The city council will review the ordinance in about 6 months to see how each aspect is working out for businesses and shoppers.