Has Tigard considered a citywide ordinance to eliminate the use of one-time plastic shopping bags?
It’s an important issue but no, the City Council has not formally considered instituting a ban in Tigard.
A few years ago, a group called Environment Oregon stated their intention to submit petitions to ban plastic bags in Tigard and other southwest suburban cities, but nothing was received. When the Oregon State Legislature addressed this topic in previous years, it was defeated for financial and practical reasons. However, the current legislative session contains a bill that considers a statewide ban of single-use bags, which would include Tigard retailers. We’ve been watching how that proceeds.
Discussing a potential ban would require a majority of council making a request to add the subject to a future agenda for discussion. That discussion would require city staff to investigate and gather detailed information about developing and enforcing a comprehensive policy ban, which we have not asked for at this time.
Many retailers are adapting to these changes in municipal code and in March, Walmart shared news of a major policy shift. They’re working to eliminate the non-recyclable packaging material PVC in general merchandise packaging by 2020. They launched an initiative to achieve 100 percent recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable packaging for its private brand packaging by 2025 and by 2022 will have all of the food and consumable private brand packaging carry the How2Recycle® label.
I’m encouraged by the city’s efforts to promote recycling and our resident’s choices to protect the environment of Tigard. We’ve seen the power of education and public awareness and how both impact the marketplace. More and more residents are moving away from plastics, a change supported by retailers like Fred Meyer, New Seasons and others.
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