Why is the City of Portland requiring retailers to charge customers 5 cents per single use bag?
~Assessing a fee encourages consumers to bring reusable bags in which to carry purchases. This aligns with the City’s goal to reduce waste and encourage recycling.
~Increasing the use of reusable bags will reduce litter by decreasing the number of bags in circulation that may be discarded improperly.

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1. Why is the City of Portland requiring retailers to charge customers 5 cents per single use bag?
2. When does the ordinance take effect?
3. What types of bags are covered by this ordinance?
4. Are any bags EXEMPT from this ordinance?
5. Which stores does this ordinance apply to?
6. Which stores are exempt?
7. In addition to charging the fee, what else do stores need to do?
8. What happens to the fee?
9. Is the bag fee taxable?
10. What happens if a retailer does not comply with the ordinance?