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Environmental activists are pressing cities around Oregon to ban disposable plastic shopping bags.

The bags are already banned in Portland, Eugene and Corvallis.

Now, anti-plastic bag campaigns are getting underway in Salem, Bend, Ashland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton and Tigard.

The Statesman Journal reports that 800 people have already signed a petition asking the Salem City Council to pass a plastic bag ban ordinance.

The push follows the failure of a statewide bag ban bill in this year's legislative session.

Supporters of a bag ban argue that the bags are difficult to recycle, are made from non-renewable resources, and pose a threat to sea birds and marine animals.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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