PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland City Council on Wednesday passed an ordinance to cut back on distribution of single-use plastics, like straws and utensils, in the city.
The new ordinance means plastic straws and utensils will still be available at dine-in restaurants, but only at the request of the customers. In fast-food, take-out and delivery situations, plastic utensils will be provided after a customer has been asked and confirms they want them.
“A lot of people feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the plastic problem. This is a small but important step in the right direction,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler after the unanimous vote.
The city says it will begin outreach to businesses in January 2019, and the new ordinance will go into effect on July 1, 2019.
Portland has already banned plastic grocery bags and Styrofoam.