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Portland Bites Down on Plastic Straws, Cutlery

The City Council in Portland, Oregon, has unanimously approved a measure that will forbid restaurants, bars and coffee shops from giving out plastic straws or other single-use utensils unless people ask for them.

Posted: Dec 5, 2018 1:27 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2018 2:21 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, has unanimously approved a measure that will forbid restaurants, bars and coffee shops from giving out plastic straws or other single-use utensils unless people ask for them.

The same goes for plastic cutlery for take-out orders or deliveries. KATU reports the new rules approved Wednesday will go into effect July 1, 2019.

If a restaurant or bar gives out single-use plastics without asking the customer first, they could face fines.

Portland has long been a leader in enacting such policies, which aim to cut back on litter. Portland restricted the use of polystyrene foam since 1990, and passed a citywide plastic bag ban in July of 2011.

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