Salem City Council wants residents to share thoughts on possible plastic bag ban

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Salem City councilmembers will host a hearing next month on a proposed ordinance they hope would reduce the use of disposable plastic bags.

Councilmembers voted at a council meeting Monday to hold the hearing.

If approved, the ordinance would prohibit local retailers from providing plastic bags to customers at checkout.

Most retailers would be required to charge at least five cents per recyclable paper bag and note the charge on the customer’s receipt.

The meeting Sept. 10 will be shared live on the City of Salem’s Facebook page, according to city officials.

They invite city residents to share their thoughts in-person at the hearing or email their testimony to

If the ordinance is passed, Salem would join Portland, Eugene and Corvallis in adopting a ban on plastic grocery bags.

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