Beginning January 1st, plastic bags will be banned statewide.
If shoppers don’t bring re-usable bags for their groceries, they’ll be charged 5 cents for every paper bag they use.
“We do have to charge a nickel, that’s mandated by the state. We can charge more we’ve chose not to. We’re gonna charge 5 cents,” said Food4Less store director, Jared Mulhollen.
The change is leaving shoppers divided.
“I think it’s a good idea, I use the plastic bags for garbage but you know, I’ll find something else,” said Food4Less shopper, Ginger Wedin.
“It’s just with you know, kids and busy schedules, it’s hard to actually remember to put them [reusable bags] back in the car and bring them,” said Ashley Bersch, Food4Less shopper.
Food 4 Less is ready for the change.
They’ve posted signs reminding customers of the new law and they’re stocking up on re-usable bags for customers to purchase.
“We’ll have a great selection, different price points. It’ll be readily available,” Mulhollen said.
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology.
In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she’s not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.