The state’s retail stores and restaurants will no longer provide single-use plastic bags . Lawmakers in Oregon passed the Sustainable Shopping Initiative (H.B. 2509), banning single-use plastic bags from retail stores and restaurants in the state. Restaurants may still provide paper bags at no cost.
Plastic bags are banned at grocery stores, restaurants and retail stores. These establishments now have to charge 5 cents for a paper or reusable plastic bag .
Eight states— California , Connecticut, Delaware , Hawaii , Maine, New York , Oregon and Vermont—have banned single-use plastic bags. In August 2014, California became the first state to enact legislation imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at large retail stores.
State of Oregon Single-Use Bag Ban (January 1, 2020) Portland City Code Chapter 17.103 Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags . Learn about the City of Portland’s by request-only policy for single-use plastic straws, utensils and condiments.
Yes. Customers who use a voucher issued under the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP/ food stamp / Oregon Trail), or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program may request a paper bag at no cost at the point of sale.
Exceptions to the ban Restaurants can still give out single- use plastic bags for takeout. Stores can use them for items including uncooked meat, sliced or prepared food, and prescription drugs. Newspaper bags , garment bags and bags sold in bulk, such as trash or recycling bags , are also exempt from the rule.
By next month, all grocery and retail establishments required to pay sales tax must be fully switched over to paper bags and/or reusable bags . Then it’s up to the counties or the stores to decide whether to charge 5 cents for each paper bag . That includes stores like Target and Kohl’s, and your local corner shop.
A majority of grocery stores and other retailers now make shoppers pay 10 cents for each paper bag , a practice that didn’t exist prior to Aug. “If a business is charging their customers for paper bags , that was a decision the individual businesses decided to make on their own,” Bednarz said.
In England , paper bags are exempt. In England , Wales and Scotland, retailers are free to use the proceeds of the charge as they wish (although they are strongly encouraged to donate them to “good causes”). In Northern Ireland, regulations require that the proceeds go to the Government.
While paper is biodegradable and avoids some of the problems of plastic , Taylor says, the huge increase of paper, together with the uptick in plastic trash bags , means banning plastic shopping bags increases greenhouse gas emissions. That said, these bans do reduce nonbiodegradable litter.
Bans aren’t Perfect, But They Still Work As a comparison of weight, the study reported that 28.5% of the plastic reduced through a bag ban was offset by shifting consumption to other bags .
The best alternative to plastic green bags Jute or hessian. Jute or hessian bags are absolutely the best option. Canvas or calico. Cotton bags can be used hundreds of times. Reusable paper. Polypropylene ‘green’ bag.
If I am using a WIC payment card or voucher or an EBT card to pay , do I have to pay for a bag ? No. Stores are required to provide a reusable grocery bag or a recycled paper bag free of charge to customers using one of these payment methods.
The five – cent fee must be a separate line item on the receipt or statement of price, and it must be remitted with your sales tax return on Schedule E, Paper Carryout Bag Reduction Fee .
Oregon will ban restaurants from automatically offering single-use plastic straws under a measure passed by lawmakers, making it the second state to enact restrictions on plastic straws . The House voted 48-12 late Wednesday night to prohibit restaurants from providing single-use plastic straws unless a customer asks.