Oregon’s plastic bag ban status
Back to Main MenuBusiness News HomeFront PorchIt Only MoneyOregon the EconomyPlaybooks ProfitsSilicon ForestWindow ShopStock Market ReportBusiness Public BlogBac adidas predator k to Main MenuVideos from the OregonianVideos from The Beaverton LeaderVideos from the Hillsboro ArgusVideos from The Forest Grove LeaderYour VideosView full sizeRoss William Hamilton/The OregonianConsideration of a statewide ban on plastic bags is in the Senate Rules Committee.What’s the status of Oregon’s move to ban the plastic bag with a statewide law?Senate Bill 536 to ban plastic grocery checkout bags statewide was moved to the Senate Rules Committee in early May. It gives lawmakers additional weeks to round up votes of support the ban, though it remains unclear if there is majority support for the legislation in the House.So, let’s take review some of the thought behind and controversy surrounding them:NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NEWS: While Energy Policy Falters, Plastic Bag Laws MultiplyArchaeologists at work in the Egyptian desert call them “desert blossoms.” Beleaguered city dwellers refer to them as “urban tumbleweeds.” Flimsy, translucent, and so cheap to produce they seem almost free, plastic shopping bags are everywhere.But a backlash is growing, due to the ubiquity of bag waste, and concern over the less visible toll the energy that goes into their production. Across the world, plastic bags have become a target for people who see them as both a pervasive symbol of a throw away society and as a serious environmental problem.In India and Bangladesh, bags were banned in some cities after choking storm drains and contributing to deadly flooding. Bags that wind up in the ocean are deadly hazards for sea turtles and other fish, who mistake them for jellyfish. Environmental Programme, 260 species are known to have accidentally eaten plastic or become entangled in it.REGISTER GUARD: Plastic bag ban stalls; recycling debatedSALEM Oregon’s proposed plastic bag ban is fluttering on a limb.Senate Bill 536 which would ban single use plastic bags at retail checkouts statewide was sent back down to a policy committee last week, only days after being sent by another committee to the Senate floor on a split 3 2 vote. It hasn’t been touc adidas predator hed on since.It’s unclear whether the groundbreaking legislation will ever see the light of day of a full vote o adidas predator n the adidas predator Senate floorPast coverage from The Oregonian: Plastic bag ban: Oregon Sen. Mark Hass says manufacturer offers recycling center to kill billA lead sponsor of Oregon’s proposed plastic bag ban says one of the nation’s largest plastic bag makers offered him a deal: The company would build a plastics recycling center in Oregon if the lawmaker would kill the ban and replace it with another bill blocking local governments from passing their own bans.”Oregon is not for sale,” Sen. Mark Hass, D Beaverton, wrote in a letter to Stanley Bikulege, the president of Hilex Poly.A spokeswoman for Hilex says the company never offered the sort of tit for tat that Hass describes, but acknowledges that the company would be unlikely to build a recycling facility if the ban passes.