Corvallis Bans Plastic Bans, Adopts 5¢ Fee
In general, the Corvallis ban applies to single-use plastic shopping bags at retail outlets. It doesn’t cover bags for wrapping meat, produce or bulk food items. Bars and restaurants are exempt, as are pharmacy prescription bags.
The proposal requires businesses to impose a pass-through fee of 5 cents or more on paper grocery bags to encourage consumers to use reuseable bags.
Businesses with more than 50 employees have six months to phase out the bags. Smaller businesses have a year to make the switch. Violators face a minimum $200 fine.
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July 03, 2012
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