The Portland City Council last night adopted two measures designed to cut down on waste that are believed to be threats to the environment.
On identical, 6-3 votes, the council enacted a ban on single-use foam packaging. In the other measure, it imposed a nickel-a-bag fee on grocery bags.
The idea is to encourage people to use, and reuse, cloth and other bags that won't go into the waste stream.
Backers of the new restrictions say much of that plastic and foam winds up littering the landscape and finding its way into the ocean where it poses a risk to wildlife.