Plastic Bag Ban Background

The reusable bag ordinance addresses the triple bottom line approach taken by City Council to eliminate and reduce litter and impacts to wildlife populations. For a background on this topic, feel free to read through the following agenda item summary (AIS) documents from all of the Council work sessions that addressed the plastic bag ban.

February 27, 2012 Council Work Session Staff Report
This document gives an in-depth overview and analysis of the history of Eugene’s plastic bag ban. It also addresses the triple bottom line approach taken by staff to analyze the effects of a plastic bag ban in the City of Eugene.

July 16, 2012 Bag Ban Survey Results
In June of 2012 the City administered two surveys—one for consumers and one for retailers—to gather information and opinions from community members and retailers on the use of single-use plastic carryout bags. Summary results from a retailer survey and a consumer survey can be found in this document.

July 23, 2012 Council Work Session AIS
This document reviews items from the February 27 work session and discusses the preparation for adopting a 5-cent charge on paper carryout bags.

September 17, 2012 Council Work Session AIS 
This document outlines related City policies to the reusable bag ordinance.  Additionally, it revises definitions found in the draft version of the ordinance, defines exemptions to the ban, adds rulemaking, adds clarification of penalties, and adds an option for a business hardship exemption.

October 22, 2012  Council Work Session AIS
This document revises definitions found in the draft ordinance, clarifies exemptions, and adds specific wording to create an effective business hardship exemption.

Public Comment
Public comment received during the final comment period before the Ordinance was adopted in October 2012.

November 13, 2012 Six Month Update to City Council
This presentation was given to City Council six months after the plastic bag ban went into effect. The Agenda Item Summary from this meeting can be accessed here.