Portland Restaurants Could Get Fined Up to $500 for Serving Plastic Straws

Starting July 1, 2019, employees have to ask customers if they’d like disposable silverware and straws before throwing it in the to-go bag

by Brooke Jackson-Glidden Dec 6, 2018, 2:03pm PST

Restaurant owners could get slapped with a $500 fine for giving customers plastic cutlery or straws, thanks to a new city ordinance Portland city councilors approved yesterday. Starting July 1, 2019, restaurant employees must ask customers if they’d like disposable silverware before throwing it in the to-go bag, or the restaurant may get stung with a nasty fine.

Portland city councilors specifically updated the previous ordinance that banned plastic single-use bags back in 2013; because this straw restriction is looped into the older ordinance, they share the same fine levels: Restaurants will be issued a written warning after the first accidental fork; they’ll be fined $100 for the second within the year, $200 for the third, and $500 for any after those first three.


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