Breaking News Bar
updated: 6/17/2014 8:41 AM

Portland approves shopping bag fee, foam ban

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • The Portland City Council has approved ordinances that charge consumers a nickel for disposable shopping bags and bans polystyrene foam food and beverage containers.

      The Portland City Council has approved ordinances that charge consumers a nickel for disposable shopping bags and bans polystyrene foam food and beverage containers.
    http://fyi.uwex.edu

 
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine -- The Portland City Council has approved ordinances that charge consumers a nickel for disposable shopping bags and bans polystyrene foam food and beverage containers.

Supporters of the measures -- both approved by 6-3 votes Monday night -- say they reduce litter and help the environment.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The Portland Press Herald reports that the ordinances were passed after about two hours of debate.

Opponents called them an unnecessary burden on consumers that don't address the real causes of litter. They also say they are inconsistent, since some businesses will be exempt.

The paper and plastic bag fee applies at stores where food constitutes at least 2 percent of gross sales, but exempts dry cleaners, restaurants and farmers' markets.

Both measures take effect next April 15.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.