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Eugene City Council Takes On Plastic Bag Ban

Eugene's city council could vote soon to ban the use of plastic bags. More than 60 local businesses support this ban on plastic. "Oregonians use on average about 500 plastic bags a year," said Environment Oregon Director Sarah Higginbotham. Activists say because Eugene is the second largest city in Oregon, banning the use of plastic carry-out bags could make a significant difference to the environment.

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Experts: Oregon has more potential

Oregon now ranks 11th in the nation with 2,900 solar jobs, according to the Solar Foundation. It ranks 15th in both total solar capacity and the number of homes powered by solar, with 6,775. But industry officials say there’s plenty of room for improvement across the country but especially in Oregon. 

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Plastic Bag Bans Spreading Across the US

Across the country, cities and counties are instituting fees on plastic bags, or even banning them outright, in an effort to prevent pollution and raise revenue for cash-strapped local governments.

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Eugene City Council Considers Plastic Bag Ban

Eugene City Council hears calls for a ban on single-use plastic checkout bags.

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Is a Ban in the Bag?

The Register Guard analyzes the pros and cons of a plastic bag ban in Eugene

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