Eugene to Hold Hearing on Bag Fee

EUGENE, Ore. — City leaders are taking action to help those less fortunate get reusable bags for free. The announcement hit as the Eugene City Council is set to hold a public hearing on the 5-cent paper bag fee later Monday night. City Councilor Alan Zelenka, the Northwest Grocers Association, Safeway, Fred Meyer and Food … Continue reading »

Shoppers Avoid Bag Bag

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s plastic bag ban has been in effect for two weeks now, but some people forget plastic is still kosher in Springfield. The first two weeks of the plastic bag ban has provided a learning experience for shoppers in Eugene, but many people are saying they’re avoiding the ban altogether and coming … Continue reading »

Eugene Bag Ban Goes Into Effect

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 … Continue reading »

Plastic Bag Ban Begins Wednesday

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been talked about for years. Now, Eugene’s plastic bag ban goes into effect Wednesday, May 1. The city council approved the ban in October, keeping plastic bags out of stores. Retailers can still offer paper bags to shoppers but for a five-cents per bag fee. Some store mangers are excited about … Continue reading »

Plastic Bag Ban’s Split Impact

EUGENE, Ore. — In just more than three weeks, plastic bags will disappear fromĀ check standsĀ in stores throughout the city. Across the freeway there’s no such ban. From the outside, Bi-Mart stores look the same; the bright red sign, the beige paint and the green roof. For decades the chain’s 73 locations touted the same departments, … Continue reading »