According to the Oregonian, lawmakers here in Oregon are looking at banning all disposable plastic bags at checkout for all retailers, and, in addition, charging 5 cents for every paper bag. If passed, the disposable bag ban law could take effect as soon as 2011, and the 5-cent fees could begin in 2012.
The city of Portland could approve an ordinance saying it will adopt a city bag ban in 2012 if the state doesn't pass the above legislation in 2011.
Better stock up on a few more reusable bags or get ready to pay a little extra for the paper ones. I have 5 or 6 larger reusable bags that I seem to forget in the car every third or fourth trip. I personally need to add a few more in the other vehicle as well.
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