What plastic bags are prohibited?

A plastic carryout bag is defined as a plastic bag made from synthetic or natural organic materials less than 2.25 mils thick that is provided by a retail establishment to a customer at the point of sale for use to transport or carry away purchases from the retail establishment. 

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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?