Eugene City Council passes single-use plastics ordinance

Under the new ordinance, customers will have to ask for things like plastic straws, forks, spoons and knives.

Posted: May. 16, 2019 10:09 AM
Updated: May. 16, 2019 10:10 AM

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.

RELATED: Eugene City Council holds public hearing on single-use plastics

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.

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