Portland, OR implements plastic bag ban
As of summer 2011, the City of Portland, Oregon has placed a ban on single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags. The City anticipates the ban will reduce use and subsequent landfilling of plastic bags by millions. The ban does not apply to all vendors in Portland; it is limited to stores grossing over $2 million annually or exceeding 10,000 square feet in size. Paper bags remain allowable.
Portland joins a growing number of cities in the U.S. and around the world that have banned or taxed retailers’ distribution of plastic bags. Nationwide bans in Italy and China prevent tens of billions of bags from being sent to landfills annually.