PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland will wait and see if the state passes a ban on plastic grocery bags instead of passing its own, the mayor said Friday.
Earlier this month, Portland Mayor Sam Adams introduced a draft ordinance that calls for a citywide ban on plastic bags by January 2012. The ordinance would not only ban single-use plastic bags from some stores, it would also require stores to charge five cents for paper bags.
The resolution states that if the State fails to pass a substantially similar policy in the 2011 session, I will bring forward an ordinance to ban plastic bags and require a minimum 5 cent charge on paper bags by October 1, 2011, Adams said.
Beginning August 1, plastic bags will no longer be an option at 10 Fred Meyer stores in Portland. Fred Meyer already got rid of plastic bags at its store at SE 39th & Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland last year while the building was being renovated.
Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melinda Merrill said feedback about the bag ban there has been mostly positive.