Corvallis, Oregon Regulates Plastic Bags

Corvallis, Oregon Regulates Plastic Bags

Corvallis Bag Ban Applies To All Retailers | Plastic Bag Ban Report
Corvallis, Oregon, July 14, 2012 (PBBR) - The Corvallis City Council voted July 2nd to adopt an ordinance to regulate Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bags.  The ordinance applies to all retailers with the exception of restaurants.

The ordinance also requires retailers to charge five cents per recyclable paper bag provided to a customer.

Many Months of Collecting Information
The Corvallis City Council began it's journey to a plastic bag ban in April, 2011, by passing a resolution supporting the bill in the Oregon State Legislature, which eventually failed passage.

After numerous meetings, data collecting, ordinance revisions, council votes, and a second reading of the ordinance, City Council passed the ordinance. Effective date of the ordinance is July 1st, 2012 for businesses with less than 50 full-time employees. For businesses with over 50 full-time employees, the effective date will be January 1st, 2013. (1)

Corvallis joins Portland which banned bags last year. Several other cities in Oregon are also considering plastic bag bans.

Corvallis, The Green City
Corvallis ranks #5 on the EPA's list of Green Power Communities. As of June 19, 2012, the EPA showed that Corvallis purchased over 100 million kilowatt hours of "green power". Green Power makes up 21.2% of the city's power purchases. (2)

Sources:
(1) City of Corvallis website.
(2) U.S. EPA Green Power Community Rankings

Cover photo: Van Buren Street Bridge in Corvallis. Author: Aboutmoves.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.