City Council considers plastic straw ban on Wednesday
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The worldwide environmental campaign to ban single-use plastic straws arrives at the Portland City Council on Wednesday.
City leaders will consider a new ordinance placing restrictions on those straws, as well as condiments packaged in plastic.
Portland, city commissioners are slated to vote on a proposal advance by Mayor Ted Wheeler that would make plastic straws available only upon request by customers. City officials decided that was essential because some people with disabilities may require a straw to drink a beverage.
In addition, food and beverage establishments, as well as institutional cafeterias, would have to ask customers if they want to receive plastic utensils and condiments packaged in plastic with their orders.
That includes single-serving plastic packaging for ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, hot sauce, coffee creamer, salad dressing, jelly and jam and soy sauce.
The City Council will consider the proposal at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.
A national social media campaign called "Stop Sucking" and a documentary called "Straws" have been drawing attention to the damage even tiny pieces of plastic can do to the environment. Some pieces of plastic have gotten embedded in the nostrils of sea turtles. Malibu, California has already issued an outright ban on plastic straws, stirring sticks, forks, spoons and knives.
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Tribune reporter Steve Law contributed to this story.