(Update: 1.27.2017)

The McMinnville City Council heard testimony at this past Tuesday’s (1.24.17) meeting regarding the proposed ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags. Members of the community presented their views, for and against the ban, to the Council. City Council members discussed questions and concerns regarding the ban. After hearing the testimonies of over 15 community members, and the ensuring council discussion, the Council instructed the city attorney to craft and present an updated ordinance.

The bags, as defined in the ordinance, are those single use, plastic bags, normally obtained at grocery and convenience stores at check-out. The Council cited the nature of the bags being single-use, non-degradable and the impact on the environment and the landfill as some of the reasons for the move. According to research done by council members, other cities across the State that have banned plastic bags, resulted in no negative impacts to the community.

The Council will review the new ordinance and vote at the February 14, 2017 meeting.

If you are interested in viewing the January 24, 2017 Council meeting, follow this link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oydR4JgRuGk.


The McMinnville City Council has a hearing next Tuesday, January 24th regarding a ban on most single use plastic bags. The Council’s agenda from January 10, 2017 has information on the ban and can be found starting on page 5, here: http://www.mcminnvilleoregon.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/city_council/meeting/packets/5351/agendapacket_01-10-17_1439_155.pdf.

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