Plastic bag ban now in effect

Plastic bag ban now in effect
Portland's plastic bag ban went into effect Saturday, Oct. 15.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland's plastic bag ban went into effect Saturday.

Plastic bags for produce, meat and bulk foods will still be allowed. Paper bags will still be available at no additional cost. The ban is only for stores within city limits and is an effort to get shoppers to switch to reusable grocery bags.

"Portlanders have the initiative and willingness to lead in the use of reusable bags like no other community in the country," said Mayor Sam Adams.

Another upcoming change for people in Portland is the change to garbage collection, which is set for Oct. 31. In a few days, kitchen scrap pails will start arriving at homes as part of the city's new composting plan. The scraps go in your green yard debris cart, which is picked up once per week. However, the regular trash pickup will be every other week