On Wednesday night Bend City Council voted to repeal the local ban on plastic bags. The ban only went in to effect on July 1st, but provided stores with a grace period until early next year. The resulting inconsistency in which stores are, and are not, abiding by the ban has caused customer confusion.
Similar bans have been passed in cities across the state, hoping to increase the use of reusable bags, or have customers pay for alternative, environmentally friendly bags.
According to the state law signed by Governor Kate Brown last month this includes recycled paper bags, reusable heavy plastic bags, or reusable fabric bags for a charge of at least five cents per bag.
The decision to repeal the ban will hopefully avoid any confusion over inconsistencies between the state and city laws, however Bend residents can expect an official state-wide ban on plastic bags to go into effect on January 1st, 2020.