The Newport City Council Monday will talk more about picking up where the last state legislature bailed out in dealing with a major world wide pollution problem – plastic shopping bags. They cause litter, fill up landfills, clog up recycling machinery and float in the oceans causing harm to wildlife on both sides of the water line.
The Surfrider Association broached the subject with the council a few weeks ago, vowing to return with a bigger pitch in an effort to convince the council to get Newport in the “ban the bag” list which already has Portland at the top here in Oregon. Other cities that have already banned single use shopping bags include San Francisco, Los Angeles, all of Italy, and all of China, according to Surfrider’s report to the council. Other countries are doing it too, they say.
Surfrider will remind the council that plastic bags keep the U.S. even further addicted to oil, since the bags are made from oil. The last time Surfrider pitched the council on a bag ban councilors seemed open to the idea. We’ll see how far they take it during Monday’s discussions. It’ll be debated at the council’s work session which starts at City Hall at Noon.