During the July 17, 2019 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 Councilors repealed the City ordinance to make way for the statewide single-use plastic bag ban (HB 2509), which is which is very similar to what the City had briefly enacted.
The statewide plastic bag ban is currently in effect and has not been suspended by the state due to COVID-19. However, due to supply chain concerns and restrictions on reusable bags at some local retailers, retail stores and restaurants will not be penalized for using plastic bags in violation of state law at this time.
For more information, visit the State of Oregon website.
The City of Bend encourages you to “Bring your bag, Bend!”