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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, people who rely on other state assistance, such as food stamps, still have to pay. But that could change.

“It’s something that we recognize is an issue, and so just doing our best to connect people with getting a free bag is kind of our number one priority for that,” said Stephanie Scafa, Zero-Waste Analyst.

The city council will consider changes to the ordinance when it meets to review the ban in about six months.

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  1. ahshucks says:

    The city council plain stupid. If one has to pay for the damn bags all should have to pay. What hell is wrong with you people that run the city? You make a policy and start changing the rules as soon as it goes in effect. That’s why I call this city a welfare city that harbors illegal’s.

    That’s why I vote no on taxes, levy’s and fee’s.

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