Ocean Blue News Blog
by Richard Arterbury
BEND, Ore. (Ocean Blue) — Bend, Oregon, will ban plastic bags beginning July 1.
The City Council in the central Oregon city voted 4 to 2 Wednesday night in favor of the plastic bag ban. 2019 is looking up for our mother nature as Oregon cities jump on the wave to save the ocean. Over the last six years the city had so many request to remove plastic bags from the city. While Ocean Blue was researching the rivers in Bend, Oregon our team found it shocking how many plastic bags were in trees and next to our local rivers.
The ban applies to plastic grocery bags only. Bags not included in the ban are those used for bulk items, including fruit, nuts and screws, for wrapping meat, fish, flowers or potted plants, and for holding bakery items or pharmacy prescriptions. Fast Facts By National Geographic:
Facts About Plastic Bags
160,000 plastic bags are used globally every second! 5 trillion plastic bags are produced yearly. Side by side, they can encircle the world 7 times. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a floating landfill of garbage in the Pacific twice the size of Texas, is mostly composed of plastic. Google Facts of Apr 15, 2014
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