Oregon Considers Tax on Plastic Bags



After several unsuccessful attempts to ban single-use plastic bags, a Senate committee in Oregon voted to introduce a bill that would impose a five cent per bag tax on single-use plastic checkout bags by retailers selling food and alcohol. Collected tax monies would be deposited in a new Plastic Clean-Up and Recycling Fund. The preliminary bill, LC 795, also would require retail establishments to provide single-use paper bags at checkout, as well as have a receptacle for the return of single-use plastic checkout bags. Civil penalties of up to $500 could be collected for violation of the excise tax program once it becomes operative in July 2020.

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