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Helping Portlanders reduce single-use plastics

Portland City Council asked BPS to help the Mayor’s office develop a strategy to reduce single-use plastics. This summer, BPS and the Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler coordinated a review of other city policies, three work group meetings and a community feedback survey to hear from a broader audience.

To be more inclusive, the survey has been translated into six different languages: Simple and Traditional Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese and Russian. To fill out the translated survey, or to request additional translation services, visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/77687. The deadline to receive feedback has been extended until Oct. 15, 2018.

Some of the ideas that have been considered include reducing plastic straws by making them available upon request, reducing plastic utensils and condiment packets by having employees ask customers if they need them, increasing opportunities for reusable service ware in dine-in scenarios and coordinating a campaign to raise awareness about the need to reduce over consumption of single-use plastics.

Plastics Reduction Report to Council Delayed

The original plan for reporting to Council was September 26, which has been delayed to open up a longer period for receiving public feedback. A report and recommendation to Council will be presented sometime this Fall. Please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/reduceplastics to track the policy development.