Report: Keep Portland plastic bag ban
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Portland could see an expansion of the plastic bag ban.
Portland’s City Council is considering expanding the city’s plastic bag ban or levying fees on consumers who fail to bring their own sacks.
The Council accepted a report today that suggests Portland could add the new charges and expand the program to include all retailers.
The current policy calls for a ban on single-use plastic check-out bags at retailer check-out stands. Retailers violating the rules eventually face $500 fines for repeated offenses.
A report from Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability suggests exploring one of three options:
- Maintaining the current ban.
- Expanding the current policy to include all retailers.
- Expanding the current policy to include all retailers and imposing a five-cent fee on paper bags.
The proposals were made during a presentation from Bruce Walker, the city’s solid waste and recycling program manager.
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