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City, chamber and local businesses partner to distribute reusable bags this weekend ahead of the City's plastic bag ban taking effect Monday, July 1

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Sustainability Analyst Jenny Slepian opens a fresh box of reusable bags to be distributed throughout the community.

The City of Lake Oswego will be running two events this coming weekend to give away reusable bags as part of the implementation of the City's new plastic bag ban on taking effect July 1.

According to Sustainability and Management Analyst Jenny Slepian, the City will host a table at New Seasons (3 Monroe Parkway) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 29, as well as at Ace Hardware (55 S State Street) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30.

"The bags are free, and brought to the community by the City, the Chamber of Commerce and local business sponsors," Slepian said. "We hope to get the word out so people can come grab one. We have 14,000, enough for each household in Lake Oswego."

PMG PHOTO SAM STITES - Bob Sack and Corinna Campbell Sack work with their grandchildren Baird Gilroy (right), Beatrice Gilroy (center), Justin Richards (left) and Oliver Richards (not pictured) to form an assembly line putting together packets of information to be distributed with reusable bags at two events this weekend.

The City Council approved the ordinance in December banning single-use carryout plastic bags — including a 10-cent pass-through fee on paper bags for retailers whose stores are 10,000 square feet or larger. The ordinance requires those retailers to comply by July 1, with smaller retailers having until the end of the year and the option of imposing a pass-through fee at their discretion. The ban applies to all retailers and restaurants, as well as all City facilities, the farmers market and other City-sponsored events.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Deputy City Recorder Kari Linder (left) City Recorder Anne-Marie Simpson (center) and LO Sustainability Network co-founder Dorothy Atwood (right) put together packets of info with reusable bags to be distributed this weekend.

Violating the ordinance would trigger a written warning for the first offense, a $100 fine for the second infraction and a $250 fine for subsequent infractions.

After this weekend's tabling events bags will be distributed by the Chamber of Commerce, as well as at "take-a-bag-leave-a-bag" exchange programs at City Hall, The LO Adult Community Center, Farmers' Market and Public Library.

For more information visit the City's website.


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