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Ashland Becomes the Fourth Oregon City to Ban Plastic Bags

On Tuesday night, the Ashland City Council voted in favor of a ban on plastic bags. Plastic bag bans have seen growing public support in Oregon, with the cities of Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene adopting similar bag bans since 2011.

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City Council session packed with bag ban supporters

On Monday night, Ashland citizens and local businesses came together to call of the Ashland City Council to ban plastic bags. As City Councilors discussed the opportunity to ban plastic bags in Ashland, community members packed the room to capacity, so much so that extra chairs needed to be brought in from other meeting rooms. 

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Hundreds of citizens call on West Linn City Council to ban the bag

West Linn, OR – Today, West Linn citizens came together to call on West Linn City Council to ban plastic bags. The event, hosted by citizen-based environmental advocacy organization Environment Oregon, saw the announcement of hundreds of citizen petitions in support of a ban. This is part of their effort to keep plastic bags out of the Pacific Ocean and Oregon’s waterways by banning the bag. In the Halloween spirit, they were joined by the “Bag Monster,” the mascot of Environment Oregon’s Keep Plastic Out of the Pacific campaign. The Bag Monster consists of over 400 plastic bags—the average number a person uses in one year.

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Bend Could Lead Central Oregon in Reducing Plastic Pollution

Today, Bend citizens and local businesses came together to call on the Bend City Council to ban plastic bags. The event, hosted by citizen-based environmental advocacy organization Environment Oregon, is part of their effort to keep plastic bags out of the Pacific and Oregon waterways by banning the bag. So far, more than 49 businesses, including Patagonia, are signed on in support of a city bag ban, while more than 400 citizens have signed petitions. Other local supporters include the Juniper Group chapter of the Sierra Club and world famous climber and Bend resident, Ben Moon.

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More than 500 citizens and 100 businesses call on Ashland City Council to ban the bag

A campaign to protect the Pacific Ocean and its wildlife by banning plastic bags from Ashland kicks off today with a free screening of the film ‘Bag It,’ hosted by the citizen-based, environmental advocacy organization Environment Oregon. Rogue Riverkeeper, Jackson County Master Recyclers, nearly 100 businesses, as well as the Northwest Grocery Association have all joined Environment Oregon to ban the bag in Ashland. More than 500 citizens have also signed petitions in support of the ban.

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Portland Passes a Better Bag Ban for the Pacific

Portland City Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of expanding Portland’s plastic bag ban that will help keep plastic out of the Pacific. Environment Oregon delivered over 3,000 petitions of support for a better bag ban, and helped enlist the support of dozens of businesses. 

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Eugene Becomes Third City in Oregon to Ban the Bag

Eugene became the third Oregon city to implement a single-use plastic bag ban when the city council voted to ban plastic checkout bags and put a fee on paper bags. The decision will have big payoffs for Oregon’s environment and the Pacific Ocean.

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Portland Should Pass a Better Bag Ban

Environment Oregon announced their response to the City of Portland’s one-year report on the plastic bag ban. State Director Sarah Higginbotham released a statement endorsing an expansion of the plastic bag ban policy. Portland can continue to make a meaningful difference.

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Corvallis Bids Farewell to Bag Monster

Today advocates and city councilors congratulated Corvallis on taking a stand against plastic pollution after Corvallis officially became the second city in Oregon to ban single-use plastic bags in an unanimous vote last night. “The City of Corvallis should be applauded for standing up to harmful waste that’s polluting our oceans and creating a disaster for wildlife,” said Sarah Higginbotham, State Director at Environment Oregon. “Corvallis is now leading the way for other Oregon cities looking to follow suit and ban the bag.”

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Corvallis Takes a Stand for Oceans with Bag Ban

Last night, Corvallis City Council took an important stand against ocean pollution, becoming the second city in Oregon to approve a comprehensive ban on plastic bags. While a second reading and final vote are still required to secure the ordinance, all city councilors are on record in support of the bill, which they voted 8 to 1 to enact at yesterday’s meeting.

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