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It is the City’s desire to promote the use of reusable bags over plastic carryout bags in order to reduce the negative economic and environmental impacts associated with plastic carryout bags. Plastic carryout bags contribute to litter in the environment and can result in blocked storm drains, marine debris, and other waste issues.
The ordinance applies to all stores, sales outlets and vendors located within the Silverton city limits that sell goods at retail.
A plastic carryout bag is defined as a plastic bag made from synthetic or natural organic materials less than 2.25 mils thick that is provided by a retail establishment to a customer at the point of sale for use to transport or carry away purchases from the retail establishment.
A ‘mil’ is a plastic industry term for a thousandth of an inch.
The following types of plastic bags are allowed:
On or before July 1, 2019.
Yes. Retail establishments may provide a reusable bag or recyclable paper bag at no cost at the point of sale upon the request of a customer who uses WIC, EBT, and/or SNAP.
Christy Wurster, City Manager at email@example.com.