Portland City Council considering plastic straw, utensil restrictions

Reducing litter and saving the whales — and more than 660 species of sea creatures and seabirds — are some of the main reasons for a Portland City Council ordinance that aims to further regulate the use of single-use plastic.

Namely, the use of plastic straws and plastic utensils.

The proposal currently under consideration by City Council would forbid establishments like restaurants from giving customers plastic straws and stirrers unless they ask for them.

The same goes for plastic utensils on take-out orders and deliveries. Restaurants would be able to give customers plastic utensils for take-out and delivery orders only if they first ask customers if they want them and the customers say yes.

City Commissioners are scheduled to take up the ordinance Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

If the ordinance is passed, the new rules will go into effect July 1, 2019.

Violators would face fines.

Read the ordinance here.