Portland may be joining other cities to restrict the use of plastic straws.
Mayor Ted Wheeler is slated to introduce a resolution at Wednesday's City Council meeting that would direct the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop a strategy to reduce plastic straw usage. The measure targets single-use, non-recyclable plastic straws.
The resolution, which appears last on the agenda of the June 20 council meeting, would direct the bureau to propose a strategy for reducing plastic straw usage to the City Council by Oct. 1.
The resolution specifically cites caregiving facilities as a potential exemption for use with patients that need to use such straws.
Seattle has enacted a ban on plastic straws, plastic utensils and cocktail picks at all businesses the city that sell food or drinks, under an ordinance that takes effect July 1.
Davis, Malibu and San Luis Obispo, Calif. as well as Miami Beach and Fort Myers, Fla., also have banned or limited the use of plastic straws in restaurants, and the list is growing.
Cities are targeting straws because plastic doesn't break down in the environment and often becomes trash, often winding up as one of the leading sources of trash floating around in the ocean.
Wheeler's resolution notes that plastic straws frequently contaminate the city's curbside recycling and composting programs.
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