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Malheur County shoppers, stores adjust to plastic bag ban

Paper bags are stocked beneath a counter at Logan's Market in Vale, as grocery stores and other retailers across Oregon implement the state's new ban on plastic bags. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – The first day of the new decade brought with it a statewide ban on something that many local shoppers probably never thought twice about until now: Plastic bags.

Retailers can no longer provide the plastic bags and can charge at least 5 cents for paper bags.

In Vale, the manager of Logan’s Market, Margie Weatherby, said there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the plastic bag ban, and that many customers don’t understand why they have to pay for a paper bag.

The change has left store workers, like Weatherby, to explain the new law to their customers.

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