Oregon state senator drops attempt to ban plastic checkout bags
Back to Main MenuBusiness News HomeFront PorchIt Only MoneyOregon the EconomyPlaybooks ProfitsSilicon ForestWindow ShopStock Market ReportBusiness Public BlogBack to Main MenuVideos from the OregonianVideos from The Beaverton LeaderVideos from the Hillsboro ArgusVideos from The Forest Grove LeaderYour VideosAn Oregon state senator today abandoned his bid to ban plastic bags at checkout counters throughout the state, but said the proposal adidas predator initiated “a m adidas predator uch needed discussion.”Sen. Mark Hass, D Beaverton, told other members of the Senate environment committee that efforts to gain consensus on a statewide approach “before local governments act on their own” had failed in this year’s short session.The issue is likely to come up in next year’s full legislative session, said Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, D Portland, the committee’s chairwoman.In the meantime, Portland Mayor Sam Adams has indicated he may try again to cut plastic bag use, after dropping a bag fee idea when the economy turned south. The Portland chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has collected 5,000 signatures asking the city to ban plastic checkout bags as a way to encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags.Oregon environmental regulators warn that pus adidas predator hing shoppers from plastic to paper may not be a long term environmental gain because of the energy used to make paper.But Hass, who cosponsored Senate Bill 1009, said the plastic bag industry is “demonizing” paper bags to try to fend off plastic bag bans and fee adidas predator s. He called plastic bags a scourge, citing their prevalence in litter and the extra costs they generate for Oregon’s recycling sorting plants.The bags, which aren’t supposed to be put in curbside recycling, routinely jam sorting machines, sending more recycling to the garbage pile and boosting recycler expenses.”Make no mistake,” Hass said, “plastic bags are far worse on Oregon’s environment than paper bags.”Hass acknowledged early on that the bill was a stretch for a short session, but he had been working with Oregon grocers and other interest groups to try to find a compromise. Among other issues, grocers worried about the higher costs of paper bags and the preference for plastic among some customers.