Portland shoppers might be paying to use plastic or paper bags to carry groceries out of supermarkets and convenience stores in Portland. Those in favor of the ordinance want to see a reduction in single-use plastic grocery bags, hoping a per-bag fee will encourage shoppers in Portland to switch to use reusable totes.More than 100 ordinances in 17 states and Washington D.C. have either banned plastic bags or imposed fees on them.

Several types of plastic bags would be exempt, including those used for newspapers, dry cleaning, bulk items, frozen food, fish, meat, flowers, plants and baked goods. Customers who have government-issued debit cards used for food stamps and welfare benefits would not be subject to the fee.

What do you think? Is this a good or bad idea? Do you reusable shopping bags or do you prefer paper and plastic bags?