PORTLAND — Starting Tuesday, businesses in Portland will not be allowed to give single-use plastic items unless customers ask for them.
KOIN reports the new policy includes plastic straws, stirrers, utensils and individually packaged condiments. It applies for dining in, takeout and delivery at restaurants, food carts, hotels, grocery stores, coffee shops, caterers and bars.
The City Council passed the ordinance in December to reduce plastic waste.
Businesses face fines up to $500 for violating the policy.