Newport City Paper & Plastic Bag Use Regulation, Measure 21-150 (May 2013)
If approved, this measure would have prohibited retail stores from using single-use plastic carryout bags and required stores to charge for the use of paper bags.
- These results are from the Lincoln County elections office.
Text of measure
Question on the ballot:
The City Council established a task force to study and recommend a community plan for single-use plastic carryout bags. The Plastic Bag Community Plan Task Force recommended the City Council prohibit retail establishments from distributing single-use plastic carryout bags and require those establishments to charge for paper bags. City Council held two public hearings to consider whether to adopt city code changes as recommended by the Task Force. The Council decided to refer the question to the voters. If approved by the voters, the code will prohibit retail establishments in the City of Newport from providing single-use plastic carryout bags at the time of checkout (point of sale) and require those establishments to charge at least five cents for a paper bag. The Ordinance will not apply to establishments that primarily prepare food or drink or to prescription bags. Customers using a voucher issued under Oregon’s Women, Infants and Children program will not be required to pay for bags. Violation of the Ordinance after six months could result in penalties up to $100 per violation.
Below are statements in support of this proposition:
As organizations that live, work and recreate in Newport, we understand the value in maintaining healthy ocean resources for our economy and way of life. From our seafood purchases to the bags we use at checkout, we also understand that as consumers, we play a vital role in helping preserve that ocean legacy. The amount of plastic in our oceans and on our beaches has increased dramatically over the past few decades and is having negative impacts on our ocean animals and ecosystems. Sea turtles and marine mammals are known to have ingested plastic bags, presumably having mistaken them for similarly shaped foods such as jellyfish. Fish and seabirds also ingest plastic particles, which can have devastating effects to animals within our own food chain. In Newport, it’s estimated that we use over 3 million plastic bags each year with only a small fraction that can be recycled. By shifting to a simple alternative, we can have significant impacts on reducing the amount of plastic that threaten our ocean resources, our beaches, and our natural legacy. Additionally, in hard economic times, it’s impossible to ignore the costs of plastic pollution to coastal cities such as Newport. We depend upon clean and healthy ocean and beach ecosystems not only for the important resources they offer us through recreation, commercial fishing, cultural and ecological significance, but to also maintain and attract a vibrant Bayfront and beachfront business community for tourism. It’s time for us to act in the City of Newport - hundreds of local citizens and many businesses have signed on in support of our campaign over the years, join us with a “Yes” vote on Measure 21-150.
This argument was prepared and submitted by Charlie Plybon and endorsed by:
Newport Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
Oregon Coast Community Forest Association
Lincoln County Chapter of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters
For additional arguments in favor of this measure see the County Voter's Guide.
No statement was submitted in opposition to this proposition. If you have an argument that you would like posted here please email email@example.com.
- Lincoln County May 21, 2013 Voter’s Pamphlet