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Salem City Council Passes Ban On Plastic Bags

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The Salem City Council passed a ban on plastic carryout bags on Monday night. The new rules will go into effect in 2019.

Shoppers can bring reusable bags to the store or pay a small fee for recyclable paper bags. Customers can still use plastic bags for items such as meats, vegetables, fruit, and pharmacy prescriptions.

The rules will go into effect for large businesses such as Costco on April 1st, while small businesses will have until September 1st to implement the measure.

Salem will join cities such as Eugene, Corvallis and Portland, which have instituted similar bans in recent years.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.