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1. Why did the City of Eugene enact the plastic bag ordinance?
2. When are retailers required to stop providing single-use plastic carryout bags?
3. What businesses does this apply to?
4. What about farmers’ markets, street fairs, festivals, and events?
5. How will the City follow up with store owners and help them prepare for the ban?
6. What plastic bags are prohibited?
7. What is a ‘mil’?
8. Can I provide plastic bags made of compostable materials?
9. What types of plastic bags are allowed?
10. Can I provide paper bags at the point of sale?
11. Do I have to charge my customers for all paper bags?
12. What does the 5 cent charge for paper bags go toward?
13. Is it necessary for my store to keep a record of how many paper and reusable bags sold?
14. Can retailers provide “reusable” plastic bags?
15. Am I required to provide reusable bags or recyclable paper bags at checkout?
16. Are stores required to charge 5 cents for the 4+ mil heavy-weight plastic bags?
17. What about bags that are almost 4 mils thick?
18. Is there a requirement for recycled content in paper bags?
19. Are any businesses exempt from the ban?
20. The ordinance allows a restaurant to use plastic bags for hot, prepared takeout food. But if a restaurant wants to use paper bags instead, does the restaurant have to charge 5 cents/bag?
21. How can I apply for a business undue hardship exemption?
22. When does the undue hardship exemption expire?
23. If restaurants are selling items other than hot, prepared foods are the bags they use still exempt?
24. Are grocers’ deli counters exempt like restaurants that serve hot, prepared takeout food?
25. Are any customers exempt from the 5-cent charge on paper bags?
26. Can an Electronic Benefit Transfer (SNAP or food stamp) card cover the 5-cent fee for paper bags?
27. What are the environmental impacts of this new ordinance?
28. What will the statewide ban do to Eugene’s ban?
29. How will this law be enforced?
30. What are the penalties for businesses if they do not comply with the ordinance?
31. How can shoppers keep their reusable shopping bags clean and safe?
32. How can I remind customers to remember to bring their reusable bags to the store?
33. I have a bag giveaway event I would like to publicize. How can I do that?
34. Where can I get a copy of these FAQs to print?