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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Resolution to reduce single-use plastics

In June 2018, Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to develop a waste reduction strategy that addresses single-use plastics and invite feedback from community members, hospitals and care facilities, and businesses that stock and supply straws. BPS met with interested and affected stakeholders during July and August 2018. In December 2018, Portland City Council approved the ordinance in a unanimous vote. On May 29, 2019, City Council approved (1) changing the Effective Date and (2) a number of exceptions to the original ordinance. The ordinance will now take effect on October 1, 2019. 

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Single-Use Plastics Reduction Policy FAQs

New ordinance for Portland food service businesses and institutions goes into effect on October 1, 2019.

Amended Exhibit A

Effective October 1, 2019

Single-Use Plastics Ordinance Exhibit A

Original Effective Date was July 1, 2019

Single-Use Plastics Ordinance

Original Effective Date was July 1, 2019

Plastic Reduction Report Presented to Portland City Council

On Wednesday, November 14, BPS and Mayor’s staff presented findings from the public engagement and research of other city policies. The report is a summary of the findings and recommended next steps.

Policy Development: Resolution to reduce single-use plastics

In June 2018, Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to develop a strategy to reduce single-use plastics and invite feedback from community members, hospitals and care facilities, and businesses that stock and supply straws.