The bag ban passed at approximately 8 p.m. last night. The ordinance includes a pass-through fee of five cents per paper bag to encourage the use of reusable bags---the first in Oregon!
The Marys Peak chapter of the Sierra Club and its Environmental Action (Enact) Team introduced the resolution, petitions, and the original model ordinance for the city to work from. This success also received necessary support from the Corvallis community, Environment Oregon, the Audubon Society, the Northwest Grocery Retailers Association, and the Surfrider organization. Below, Debra Higbee-Sudyka of the Enact Team testifies to the council and mayor.
The Bag Monster vowed to stay around unless Councilor O'Brien took action. Now it's giving up the ghost in Corvallis and will move on to Eugene. Go Oregon!