Beginning May 1, Eugene joins other cities — including Corvallis, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin — in banning single-use plastic carryout bags. In an effort to promote reusable shopping bags and reduce litter, all retail businesses (large and small) located within the Eugene city limits will be required to provide only recycled paper bags or reusable bags as carryout bags for customers. In order to encourage the use of reusable bags, businesses will be required to charge a minimum five cent fee for paper bags at check out. By bringing their own, reusable bag, customers can save money and resources and avoid this fee.
Eugeneans use an estimated 67 million single-use plastic carryout bags each year. Single-use plastic carryout bags may offer short-term convenience, but they have long-term costs in terms of litter and impact on wildlife and the environment. Reducing the use of single-use plastic carryout bags decreases litter, reduces impacts to wildlife populations, and helps achieve Eugene’s waste reduction and recycling goals.
For more information visit the City's website link below.