Banning plastic bags statewide; the goal of a Eugene couple

Many cities have passed the plastic bag ban, including Ashland, Corvallis, Eugene, Newport and Portland, in Medford, Oregon, on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

ASHLAND, Ore.-- A Eugene couple is trying to ban plastic bags statewide.

Ashland implemented the same ban for the city in 2014. City councilors said it has been very successful. It has been a little over two years now and over all, people seem to be appreciating keeping Ashland environmentally friendly.

The grocery stores offer paper bags, but most people bring in their own bags. Some said there have been no complaints to the bag ban, and think a statewide ban would be a great idea.

"We don't want to have those plastic bags in our streams going into the ocean, or just even in our streams.," City Councilor Carol Voisin said. "That is not good."

Many businesses downtown said they have not used plastic bags in years, even before the ban, and grocery store customers said they prefer a sturdier bag, as the plastic bags would always break.

Eugene Couple Lana and Ryan Cole said it is great that cities like Ashland have taken that step to ban plastic bags, but they want every city to jump on board.

"It's pointless," Lana Cole said. "Why should one city have a ban, and if you go to the store just a couple miles east of us, they don't."

They created a petition and are gathering signatures. Because of Ashland's stance on plastic, they are reaching out to the community through Facebook and trying to make the petition a reality.

Click here if you're interested in signing the petition.

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