On the first day of Oregon’s new law on grocery carry-out bags, the answer is that yes, as I had supposed on Monday, part of it will rely on the honor system.
At least it will at Fred Meyer, the Oregon unit of the national Kroger chain of supermarkets. At the Albany store, the self-check-out stations now ask, when you get ready to pay the machine, how many paper bags you would like to purchase. You punch in the number of bags you have taken, and the requisite number of nickels gets added to your bill.
Presumably it’s the same at other stores where you can check out on your own.
On the first day of the statewide ban on plastic carry-out bags decreed by the 2019 legislature, the Albany Fred Meyer also handed out a sturdy reusable shopping bag free to anyone who wanted one. Nice gesture! (That’s the free bag on the right in the shot above, along with one that cost 5 cents.)
At the North Albany IGA, which has no self-check-out stations, the checker asked if I would like a bag. I said yes, and she rang it up and put my merchandise into a paper sack with handles.
All of this is pretty simple, obviously. Still a nuisance, but not a big one. Unless there’s a downpour and you left your rig at the far end of the parking lot. We’ll see how well the 5-cent paper bags will hold up then. (hh)