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Plastic bag ban proponents celebrate new law going into effect

environmental impacts

Proponents of Oregon’s statewide, single-use plastic bag ban say the state is a national leader in reducing plastic pollution.

Supporters of the ban, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2020, gathered at a New Seasons Market in Beaverton to celebrate the new legislation going into effect.

Oregon is the sixth state in the U.S. to ban single-use plastic bags. It did so after 17 Oregon cities had already passed similar laws against using plastic bags.

“We believe that nothing we use for just a few minutes should pollute the environment for hundreds of years,” said Celeste Meiffren-Swango, director of Environment Oregon.

Oregon Rep. Janeen Sollman was one of the strongest advocates for the bill in congress. She said legislators’ reasoning for the policy was focused on environmental impacts, economic impacts, and making sure a policy had statewide consistency.

“Plastics are wreaking havoc on our environment, on land and in our waterways,” Sollman said. “These bags get into our oceans and become a visible waste that costs millions of dollars to clean up each year.”

Businesses that violate the plastic bag law can be fined up to $250.

 

This article was originally published on katu.com