During the July 17 City Council meeting, City Council voted to repeal a City ordinance intended to encourage the use of reusable bags and limit the use of carryout plastic bags. Councilors repealed the City ordinance to comply with State law and help minimize confusion between the City's ordinance and State law.
Informational materials and enforcement will now be the State’s responsibility, but the City still encourages you to “Bring your bag, Bend!”
House Bill 2509 passed the State Legislature in June 2019. It is similar to the City's ordinance and preempts local regulations. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. We will provide links to information about the State law as it becomes available.
The Bend Business Advocate has advised retailers to not implement any customer fees for reusable bags until the State law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Enforcement of the State's bag ban begins that time.