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HB 2509

Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags

Oregon Key Vote

Oregon's single-use plastic bag ban in effect January 1

The law says establishments will be required to charge 5 cents for each recyclable paper or plastic bag.
Author: Devon Haskins
Published: 6:47 PM PST December 17, 2019
Updated: 7:51 AM PST December 18, 2019
PORTLAND, Ore. — A big change will hit Oregon stores on January 1, 2020. A new law will prohibit single-use plastic bags in grocery stores.
House Bill 2509 was signed into law this summer by Oregon's Governor Kate Brown. The law prohibits stores from offering single-use plastic bags, like the ones at checkout lines in the grocery stores.
Some 16 cities throughout Oregon already have a similar ban on single-use bags. Oregon will join California, New York and Hawaii in banning single-use plastic bags.
If you forget to bring a reusable bag, stores are required by law to charge a 5 cent fee for each bag. 
Plastic bags used for produce, bulk foods and meat are exempt as are restaurants.
  • Prohibits retail establishments from providing single-use checkout bags to customers, or recycled paper checkout bags, reusable fabric checkout bags, or reusable plastic checkout bags to customers unless the establishment charges at minimum five cents for each recycled paper checkout, reusable fabric checkout bag or reusable plastic checkout bag (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits restaurants from providing single use checkout bags to customers, or reusable plastic checkout bags to customers, unless the restaurant charges at minimum five cents for reach reusable plastic checkout bag (Sec. 2).
  • Establishes that a violation of this act, measured by each day that the restaurant or retail establishment is in violation of this act, is a Class D violation subject to a maximum fine of $250 (Sec. 4).
  • Defines “single-use checkout bag” as a bag made of paper, plastic or any other material that is provided by a retail establishment to a customer at the time of checkout, and that is not a recycled paper checkout bag, a reusable fabric checkout bag or a reusable plastic checkout bag (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that a “single-use checkout bag” does not include (Sec. 1):
    • A bag given by a retail establishment to a customer not at the time of checkout, including but not limited to bags for:
      • Packaging bulk items like fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, greeting cards, or small hardware items like nails, bolts, or screws;
      • Containing or wrapping frozen food, meat, fish, flowers, a potted plant or any item that has dampness or sanitation issues necessary to address;
      • Containing unwrapped prepared food or bakery goods; or
      • Containing a prescription drug.
    • A newspaper, door hanger, garment, laundry, or dry cleaning bag; or
    • A bag sold in a package that contains multiple bags used for food storage, garbage containment, or pet waste collection (Sec. 1).
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