plastic bags

Chris Lehman / KLCC

A new law taking effect January 1 in Oregon will ban single-use plastic bags at stores and restaurants.


The Eugene City Council approved a ban on single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam containers Monday. The vote was unanimous. 

Chris Lehman / KLCC

A bill that would ban single-use plastic bags at the checkout stand in Oregon is one step closer to becoming law. A legislative committee voted Wednesday to send House Bill 2509 to a vote on the Senate floor.

The measure would ban retail stores from bagging their goods in single-use plastic bags. Customers could bring their own reusable bag, or the store could sell them paper bags at a nickel apiece.


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

Beyond The Curb: How Recycling Works Best

Oct 22, 2013
Karen Richards

Recycling works because it's economically feasible. Someone makes money re-using your papers and packaging. To ensure recycling is also environmentally sound, consumers need to put the right things, in the right way, in the bin. Some of the no-no's may be surprising. To avoid mistakes, it helps to know what happens after you bring your recycling to the curb.