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Single-use Non-recyclable Plastics

The City of Portland is currently developing a strategy on how to handle single-use non-recyclable plastics.

From the City of Portland website…

Plastic does not biodegrade but instead breaks down into smaller pieces that enters the marine food chain.

In response to ocean plastics and litter, over 100 municipalities worldwide are banning or charging for plastic bags, and reusable bags are commonplace. Cities around the world such as Vancouver, BC., New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Boulder already have or are in the process of restricting straws and other single-use non-recyclable plastics.

In June 2018, Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to develop a strategy to reduce single-use, non-recyclable plastics and invite feedback from community members, hospitals and care facilities, and businesses that stock and supply straws.

We are not sure exactly how disposable coffee cups will fit into this resolution. They are non-recyclable and single-use and contain a plastic liner, but most of the focus is on

Learn more about theĀ City of Portland resolution to reduce single-use non-recyclable plastics

RA is currently putting together our recommendations and suggestions for the resolution, so check back with us later this fall.

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