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Eugene proposes ban on Styrofoam, single-use bags for restaurants

The council will vote on the proposals on Nov. 25.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 6:34 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2019 9:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The City of Eugene is proposing a possible ban on Styrofoam and single-use bags in restaurants.

Councilors heard public comment Monday night, and they will vote on the ordinances on Nov. 25. If both are approved, the bans could go into effect at the beginning of 2020.

Elhaam Yazdi, the owner of Caspian Mediterranean near the University of Oregon campus, said she has already phased out Styrofoam and is working toward stopping their use of plastics bags too.

"We do currently use plastic bags. It's not something I'm proud of. It's a transition," Yazdi said.

She also said much of her business comes from students, so this ban on single-use bags will be an adjustment for both.

"We have a lot of foot traffic or bike traffic that comes through and picks up orders where you know they're used to having a handle to put something on their bicycle," Yazdi said.

Anna Reid from the City of Eugene’s waste prevention department said these two proposals fit in perfectly with the Climate Action Plan 2.0, which will also have its first read-through Monday night.

"Single-use check out bags and polystyrene are those single-use items that fall into the consumption bucket," Reid said.

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