What types of plastic bags are allowed?

The following types of plastic bags are allowed:

  • Bags used to package bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, greeting cards, or small hardware items, such as nails and bolts; 
  • Bags that contain or wrap frozen foods, meat and fish (whether prepackaged or not);
  • Bags that contain or wrap flowers, potted plants, or other items where dampness may be a problem;
  • Bags used to contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods;
  • Bags used to contain prescription drugs;
  • Bags used to safeguard public health and safety during the transportation of prepared take-out foods and prepared liquids intended for consumption away from the retail establishment;
  • Newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, laundry-dry cleaning bags; and
  • Bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste bags.

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1. Why did the City of Silverton enact the plastic bag ordinance?
2. What businesses does this apply to?
3. Does the ordinance apply to farmers’ markets, street fairs, festivals and other events?
4. What plastic bags are prohibited?
5. What is a mil?
6. What types of plastic bags are allowed?
7. When are retailers required to stop providing plastic carryout bags?
8. Are retailers required to provide reusable bags or a recyclable paper bags at checkout?
9. Are any customers exempt from the five cent charge on paper bags?
10. Who can I contact if I have a question or an issue about this ordinance?