Following a monthslong wind-up, the Salem City Council on Monday night is expected to ban plastic carryout bags throughout the city, with the new restrictions going into effect next year.

Salem would join cities such as Corvallis, McMinnville and Portland, which have instituted similar bans over the years.

In turn, shoppers should prepare to either bring reusable bags to the store or pay a small fee for recyclable paper bags. Still, the proposed ban has limited reach. For example, customers could still stuff items such as meats and vegetables into plastic bags.

Read the full article at The Statesman Journal.