Bag Ban Expands in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The second phase of the plastic bag ban in Corvallis went into effect Monday. Businesses with less than 50 employees joined the rest of the city’s retailers in complying with the ordinance. It caught some shoppers off guard, like Corvallis resident James Bond, who had to carry out his groceries by hand. … Continue reading »

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 »

City Council to Revisit Paper Bag Fee

EUGENE, Ore. — Residents continue to talk about the plastic bag ban, which went into effect May 1. The most recent topic for discussion: whether the 5-cent fee on paper bags was a good idea. “We used to get bags, paper or plastic regardless of the ban or not so they should keep to what we … 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 »

Corvallis Plastic Bag Ban Changes

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Corvallis City Council unanimously approved two changes to the plastic bag ban in Corvallis. Come July 1, small businesses won’t have to charge five cents for paper bags sized differently from barrel sized bags. The bags also won’t have to meet the 40 percent post-consumer recycled content. It’s a big step forward … 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 from check stands 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 »