ASHLAND, Ore. — Protesters in Ashland are planning a demonstration to ban plastic bags in the city.
According to Environment Oregon, more than one point seven billion plastic bags are used every year statewide; that’s about 500 plastic bags a person.
Supporters of the ban say the bags are environmentally unsafe, and only a citywide ban will keep them from doing harm.
“Even if we educated 100% of the populace, people would still be using plastic bags. So I think it is important for us to actually put a ban on plastic bags so that the businesses will stop providing it, and then the consumers will follow suit,” said Shaun Frank, an SOU student activist.
Plastic bags are already banned in Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis. Supporters say they hope to convince Ashland City Council to draft a similar ordinance. The demonstration is scheduled for Monday night’s council meeting.