HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Plastic bags: A few weeks left to stock up

Written November 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Only about six weeks are left before single-use plastic checkout bags are banned in Oregon. Better stock up while you can. Because soon you’re going to have to buy substitutes for all the uses for which you now get plastic bags free.


Here’s something to ban: Hard plastic wraps

Written August 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Only four months to go before our overseers in the state legislature will make people in Albany and the rest of Oregon give up the convenience of free shopping bags of thin plastic. But another kind of plastic — much thicker and sharp, and capable of slicing your skin if you’re not careful — remains […]


About litter and plastic bags

Written September 17th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Finding this bit of litter in a pile of leaves in our yard today prompted me to consider, once again, plastic bags and whether they should be banned. My answer: No, they shouldn’t because they are useful, but we all should be more careful when we put them in the trash.


Mating season: Cover your mirrors

Written June 14th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

This is no news to most people, probably, but until a few years ago I had never noticed the problem: Birds perching in front of passenger-side car mirrors where they can see themselves, and leaving a mess behind.


Grocery takes right approach

Written January 11th, 2013 by

In the great plastic-bag debate, one supermarket chain is following the right approach. It is making a change as a business decision, without asking the state or local government to cover its back by passing a law. The change was announced by C&K Market, a company based in Brookings which has grocery supermarkets in North […]


Corvallis bag ban: Bossing shoppers around

Written December 30th, 2012 by

As of the first of the year, Corvallis is joining the cities that don’t trust their residents to use their best judgment when shopping. A few months ago, the city council voted to ban plastic shopping bags. Now the first part of the ban is taking effect at stores with more than 50 employees. Smaller […]


Pick up those plastic bags!

Written December 3rd, 2012 by

Hey, if you don’t want the next Oregon legislature to ban the use of plastic grocery bags, quit throwing them around the countryside. Far too often we see plastic bags dangling in the bushes or being blown into ditches. This provides a handy argument for those who want the bags banned. The last legislature narrowly […]

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