A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The plastic bag ban after 2 years

Written January 1st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Right about now, at the start to yet another year, you’re probably not thinking about Oregon’s two-year-old bag law. But I was, because of the paper bags stacking up. The legislature passed this law in 2019, and it took effect in 2020. It banned so-called single-use plastic bags and required merchants to charge at least […]

Bag enforcement? Don’t call the cops

Written January 6th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon DEQ sounds pretty stern when it comes to enforcing the new law on checkout bags. But while the City of Albany expects a question or two about this, enforcement sounds pretty much like an issue unlikely to come up.

Paying for bags: The honor system at work

Written January 1st, 2020 by Hasso Hering
grocery sacks

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.

The new bag law: Getting customers prepared

Written December 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Fred Meyer in Albany, presumably like other stores around the state, has begun telling customers they have only a short time left in the Era of Convenient Shopping.

Plastic bag ban, a boon in disguise?

Written June 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The meddlers in Salem having done what they do, we might as well start stockpiling plastic checkout bags while they’re still available for free.

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The coming ban on plastic bags

Written March 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In the interest of reducing plastic pollution on land and sea, the Oregon legislature this year most likely will enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic checkout bags. But just how much pollution this will prevent is unknown.

Kids want plastic bags banned

Written February 28th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Nothing had been heard lately about banning plastic bags in Albany — until a group of Memorial Middle School students showed up at the city council’s meeting Wednesday night.

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