Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, Oregon retail stores and restaurants can no longer provide single-use checkout bags.
They also must, in most instances, charge at least five cents for paper bags (with 40% or more post-consumer recycled content), reusable plastic bags (4 mils thick) and reusable fabric bags although restaurants may still provide paper bags at no cost.
This change was approved by the 2019 Oregon Legislature, which passed the Sustainable Shopping Initiative (House Bill 2509).
Under HB 2509, DEQ is responsible for preparing a legislative report in 2025 on customers’ use of bags at grocery stores. However, as DEQ has received more general inquiries about HB 2509, we’ve created this webpage as a resource for local governments, businesses and the public to understand the basics of the new checkout bag requirements and where to turn for more detailed information.
For additional information and FAQ page from–OR–More information including for retailers is available here at the