Eugene Plastic Bag Ban Status Presented

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s plastic bag ban once again took center stage at a city council meeting Wednesday. Councilors asked for an update on how well the program is working since taking effect in May. Zero Waste Anaylst Stephanie Scafa gave a detailed report on how the plastic bag ban is doing. In that report, … Continue reading »

WIC Participants Exempt from Bag Fee

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s plastic bag ban went into effect last week, but there is a group that is exempt from paying the 5-cent fee for paper bags. The city staffers who helped write the ordinance say participants in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program can get paper and reusable bags for free. However, … Continue reading »

Celebration Promotes Reusable Bag Use

EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of people made their way to Eugene Water Electric Board’s annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday. The event came just in time for local shoppers as the city of Eugene will soon ban plastic bags from retail stores. Saturday’s event focused on gearing people up for the coming change. Organizers spent … Continue reading »

Eugene Plastic Bag Ban Approaches

EUGENE, Ore. — The kickoff of Eugene’s plastic bag ban is less than one month away, and the city is using these last few weeks to get the word out, especially to retailers. The city’s hosting two info sessions to walk retailers through the new law and to answer any questions. “I’ve been talking to … Continue reading »

Businesses to Get Rid of Plastic Bags

EUGENE, Ore. — Over the next couple of months, plastic bags will disappear from local stores. The Eugene City Council voted 6-to-2 to approve the bag ban. It means that businesses like Grocery Outlet that have loads of plastic bags will have to get rid of them within the next six months. The owner of … Continue reading »

City Council Approves Plastic Bag Ban

EUGENE, Ore– Paper or plastic? In six months, you won’t be hearing that question anymore in Eugene stores. On Monday night, the City Council voted 6-2 to ban plastic bags in Eugene. It is now the third city in Oregon to ban plastic bags in stores, following Portland and Corvallis. Councilors Mike Clark and George … Continue reading »

Councilors to Vote on Plastic Bag Ban

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been up for debate all year, but now Eugene city councilors will finally make a decision whether to ban plastic bags. Portland has done it and so has Corvallis, meaning Eugene would be the third city in Oregon to get rid of plastic bags if this ban is passed. Monday night … Continue reading »

City Council to Vote on Two Key Issues

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Council will have their hands full on Monday night, voting on two key issues. Councilors will take action on a city-wide plastic bag ban and the shipment of coal through Eugene. If Eugene passes the bag ban, it would follow Portland and Corvallis in removing plastic bagsĀ in all stores. The … Continue reading »