EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene City Council voted to approve a single-use plastics ordinance on Wednesday.
Under the new ordinance, customers will have to ask for items like plastic straws, forks, spoons and knives.
City Councilor Chris Pryor said the council felt it was important to get it passed quickly because of a bill currently being considered by the Oregon legislature.
“I think the state measure doesn’t have the same level of interests that we do in terms of compliance and monitoring aspects,” Pryor said.
During their work session, the council voted unanimously in favor of the city ordinance. They said it will reduce the amount of plastic waste but won’t infringe on people’s rights.