Portland City Council on July 21 approved a ban on single-use plastic bags at large retail stores, effective Oct. 15.
The ban makes Portland the 24th community in the United States to ban single-use plastic bags.
The City Council voted unanimously to approve the ban, which applies to grocery stores with gross annual sales of $2 million or more and businesses that have more than 10,000 square feet of retail space and a pharmacy.
According to the ordinance, stores that violate the law will first receive a warning, then fines of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense and $500 for repeat violations.
Within one year after the effective date of this ordinance, the city's director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will report to the City Council and make recommendations to potentially expand the law.