Oregon Ban Is in the Bag
Oregon is well on its way to becoming the first state in the nation to ban single use plastic bags at the checkout counter.
After years of wrangling, environmentalists, retailers, and industry are now on the same page. The state legislature conducted a public hearing on the ban Wednesday, and a vote is expected after the beginning of the New Year, according to Jeff Murray, vice president for business development at Farwest Fibers, a recycling company with operations throughout the state. The company, which adidas samba brings in $50 million in annual revenues, operates in Washington and other Western states as well.
Yet countless bags do enter the recycling steam, and that forces Farwest and other recycling processors to lose about 10 adidas samba percent in productivity, according to CEO John Drew.
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And speaking of paper the law, should it pass, is bound to help paper producers such as International Paper, which are well represented throughout Oregon and other Western states. That will provide a much needed boost for employment, says Murray.