Oregon lawmakers have introduced legislation that will ban plastic bags at store checkout areas and charge 5-cent fees for paper, with the aim of encouraging consumers to switch to reusable bags. The American Chemistry Council opposes such a ban, arguing that plastic bags can be kept from becoming waste if consumers recycle them. "Over the last couple of years, you've seen an uptick in people using reusable bags, but at the same time, we've seen an uptick in the amount of [plastic] material being recycled," said Tim Shestek, ACC's director of state affairs.

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