Paper or Plastic? Options Could Change

7-15 rob webASHLAND, Ore. — Paper or plastic? The age old question asked at check out lanes in supermarkets across the county. In Ashland, however, one organization, Environment Oregon, is hoping the city will consider banning “plastic.”

Ashland resident Ray Scaife made the switch to reusable bags a couple years ago after seeing how ineffective and how much waste plastic bags cause.

“A lot of times these guys come in here and they get these bags and put about three or four of them and it’ll make it stronger, but generally you go out the door just with one and it’ll just fall right through,” said Scaife.

At this point, the ban is far from becoming a reality. The proposal would have to move through city council and has yet to appear on an agenda. One the Albertson’s in Ashland made the switch more than a year ago and would not feel an impact if the ban came.

“To fit into the community and to do the right thing and to reduce our carbon footprint, we decided to take plastic bags out of the check out stands,” said Albertson’s Store Director Paige Vaughn.

Vaughan said after the stores remodel in early 2012, they went green. She said her customers have had a smooth transition without the “plastic” option.

“It was pretty seamless. I’d say about 60% of my customers already brought in their re-usable bags,” said Vaughn.

Scaife said he will never go back to paper or plastic now that he has his own re-usable bags.

“It’s heavy duty, insulated and if you take ice cream out the door, it don’t melt it,” said Scaife.

Scaife said he would be in favor of a plastic bag ban because it would limit the impact residents had on the environment.

“These here, you don’t, you use them everyday. Plastic ones ain’t no good as far I’m concerned,” said Scaife.

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  1. RidgeRunner says:

    Why stop with plastic shopping bags ?
    Those big garbage bags should be of more concern, given their size and prolific use.

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