Newport City Councilors tonight are expected to get a heavy pitch from The Surfrider Association and others to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. Ban supporters contend that plastic bags are clogging up our landfill machinery, our storm drains, it’s killing wildlife on land and sea and is a visual blight on the landscape.
During an earlier Newport City Council session, certain councilors asked The Surfrider Association to see if they could drum up support among townspeople and businesses most affected by such a ban. In response, association members have gathered petitions in support of a plastic bag ban.
The city of Portland triggered a ban on single-use plastic bags over the weekend. A similar “ban the bag” bill, having statewide authority, died during the last legislature under heavy lobbying by the plastic bag industry (none of which exists in Oregon) and certain grocery store interests.
The Newport City Council will take public testimony on the issue during its regular twice a month meeting tonight, which begins at 6pm. No final decision on the request to ban plastic bags will be made tonight. The agenda item says “public hearing” only. A decision may come later. The council will also talk about a proposed revision to the city’s hotel-motel room tax ordinance and the city’s “adopt a park” proposal. The council meets tonight, 6pm, City Hall, at Coast Highway and Avery.