No. The statewide single-use checkout bag ban, which Eugene's local ordinance aligns with, does not allow for any undue hardship exemptions.
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Retailers located in the Eugene city limits were required to stop providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers on May 1, 2013 when Eugene's local ordinance went into effect. This requirement continues with the statewide single-use checkout bag ban. For a summary of changes, see the FAQ regarding how the statewide ban effects Eugene's local ban.
Retail establishments and restaurants. Please see Eugene City Code, Section 6.850 for specific definitions.
Effective December 27, 2019, retail establishments and restaurants are not allowed to distribute single-use checkout bags to customers. Single-use bags are those provided to customers at checkout that are made of any material that are NOT:
The follow types of bags are allowed:
The 5-cent charge goes back to the retailer to recoup costs.
Yes. Reusable plastic checkout bags are bags with handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and made of durable plastic that is at least four mils thick. Unless the customer uses a voucher issued under the Women, Infants and Children Program or uses an electronic benefits transfer card issued by the Department of Human Services, the retail store or restaurant must charge the customer at least five cents for each reusable plastic checkout bag provided.
Yes. Paper bags offered at checkout must contain at least 40% post-consumer recycled fiber.
A retail establishment may provide recycled paper checkout bags or reusable plastic checkout bags at no cost to customers who:
A restaurant may provide:
Removing the majority of plastic bags from the retail landscape requires community members to utilize reusable bags more often. The switch from single-use bags to reusable bags has the impact of lessening the life cycle impacts of plastic bag production, a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions associated with production and transport of the bags, and less material in our local landfill, and less litter in our woods, streams, and natural areas.
To align with the statewide ban, Eugene's local ordinance has been updated with these changes:
Similar to other city rules, the plastic bag ban will be enforced on a complaint-driven basis. The City of Eugene is taking an educational approach regarding this ordinance. If community members call and complain, City staff will talk to the retailer about the law and explain what is needed to comply. If it becomes clear a retailer is intentionally not complying they will be fined. To report a violation, please fill out a nuisance complaint form.
A 2010 study showed that 97% of shoppers have never washed their reusable bags. There are a few simple steps shoppers can follow to keep reusable bags clean and to keep themselves and their families safe from germs:
Here are a few useful tips:
Effective December 27, 2019, restaurants are prohibited from providing single-use checkout bags to customers. Single-use bags are those provided to customers at checkout that are made of any material that are NOT: