Eugene City Council holds public hearing on single-use plastics

This proposed ordinance would limit businesses to only give out single-use serviceware if they are requested by a customer in the hopes that it would limit the amount of litter in the city.

Posted: May 13, 2019 11:22 PM
Updated: May 13, 2019 11:49 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene City Council didn't take any action on limiting the distribution of single-use plastics after their public hearing on Monday evening.

That public hearing was a result of multiple council meetings where councilors discussed the impacts that single-use plastics such as straws, stirrers, utensils and condiment packaging have on the local environment and landscape.

RELATED: EUGENE CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERING SINGLE-USE PLASTICS ORDINANCE

This proposed ordinance would limit businesses to only give out single-use serviceware if they are requested by a customer in the hopes that it would limit the amount of litter in the city.

Eugene resident Brennen Matherly started Strawless Oregon, which is his effort to limit the use of plastic straws.

"Thankfully, there are so many different ways to suck less. There's reusables such as metal, glass, silicone straws and even ones made of hay."

If Senate Bill 90, which would regulate the usage of plastic straws state-wide, is passed before the city ordinance, the ordinance would be nullified.

Councilor Mike Clark spoke out against voting on the ordinance on Monday evening.

Councilors have directed city staff to include a vote on this ordinance during their next meeting on Wednesday, May 15.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 12438

Reported Deaths: 237
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah296672
Marion189354
Washington189221
Umatilla10418
Clackamas100628
Malheur4002
Union3692
Lincoln3615
Lane3093
Deschutes2680
Yamhill2059
Linn18210
Jackson1810
Polk17912
Jefferson1680
Morrow1541
Klamath1381
Wasco1171
Benton1156
Hood River1060
Douglas640
Josephine571
Clatsop550
Columbia540
Coos540
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa150
Baker120
Curry90
Sherman50
Gilliam20
Harney20
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 68°
Corvallis
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 70°
Roseburg
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 77°
North Bend
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 57°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events