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Eugene City Council holds public hearing on single-use plastics

This proposed ordinance would limit businesses to only give out single-use serviceware if they are requested by a customer in the hopes that it would limit the amount of litter in the city.

Posted: May 13, 2019 11:22 PM
Updated: May 13, 2019 11:49 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene City Council didn't take any action on limiting the distribution of single-use plastics after their public hearing on Monday evening.

That public hearing was a result of multiple council meetings where councilors discussed the impacts that single-use plastics such as straws, stirrers, utensils and condiment packaging have on the local environment and landscape.

RELATED: EUGENE CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERING SINGLE-USE PLASTICS ORDINANCE

This proposed ordinance would limit businesses to only give out single-use serviceware if they are requested by a customer in the hopes that it would limit the amount of litter in the city.

Eugene resident Brennen Matherly started Strawless Oregon, which is his effort to limit the use of plastic straws.

"Thankfully, there are so many different ways to suck less. There's reusables such as metal, glass, silicone straws and even ones made of hay."

If Senate Bill 90, which would regulate the usage of plastic straws state-wide, is passed before the city ordinance, the ordinance would be nullified.

Councilor Mike Clark spoke out against voting on the ordinance on Monday evening.

Councilors have directed city staff to include a vote on this ordinance during their next meeting on Wednesday, May 15.

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