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Portland Launching Effort To Ban Polystyrene Cups and Plastic Bags

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The Portland City Council formed a Green Packaging Working Group earlier in 2013 and assigned it to develop ordinances to eliminate sales of food and drinks in polystyrene packing, better known as the brand name Styrofoam and to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags in Portland.Portland officials expect the ban on polystyrene to move forward quickly and the policy on plastic bags to take more time to evolve.

Portland’s ban on polystyrene would be modeled after Freeport’s ordinance, which prohibits retailers from selling food or drinks in foam packaging. Violations can carry fines of up to $500.

Portland plans to further look into a ban or per-bag fee on plastic bags after the polystyrene ordinance is crafted.

What do you think? Keep or dump styrofoam cups and plastic bags?

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