The Ashland City Council has voted unanimously to direct the city's Conservation Council to study the idea of a ban on plastic bags and then return a recommendation to the council. According to a report in the Ashland Daily Tidings, the vote occurred Tuesday night.
Four stores have already ceased the use of plastic bags: Albertson's, Mark of Choice, the Ashland Food Co-op and Shop 'n' Kart no longer use them. Earlier this week, the group "Environment Oregon" launched a campaign to ban plastic bag use by retailers in Ashland. After a bill failed to gain traction in the Oregon legislature, campaigns by conservation groups at a community-by-community level have enjoyed a degree of success.