Oregon considers styrofoam ban

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The Oregon Legislature is considering a ban on styrofoam containers, including cups, and it could start as early as 2020.

"Every little bit can help, and so in terms of reducing waste, reducing emissions and everything like that, we're trying to do our part as well as we can," said Gordon Feighner, co-owner of Jam on Hawthorne, a restaurant in Southeast Portland.

Under House Bill 2883, businesses found using styrofoam could face a fine of up to $250 per day.

Feighner is one of a few dozen restaurant owners in Oregon that signed a petition lobbying the state to support of the ban.

"We're here to be responsible citizens in the business community too and using styrofoam and other materials that are going to last forever in a landfill just doesn't make sense to us," Feighner said.

Styrofoam and single-use plastic bags are banned in Portland. The state Legislature is also looking at a bill that would fine businesses throughout the state for using single-use plastic bags. The bill would also require businesses to charge 10 cents for every paper bag, a move to encourage people to bring reusable bags. The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association told KATU News it's monitoring both bills, but was unable to provide comment or elaborate on its stance on the issues.

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