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Fred Meyer cuts plastic bags at Portland stores

Fred Meyer stores aren’t waiting for Portland, Ore., to ban plastic bags.

The retailer will no longer offer customers plastic bags after Aug. 1 at its 10 stores in the Rose City. Paper bags will still be available, though.

Freddy’s could eliminate plastic bags at all of its stores, depending on customer feedback, a company spokeswoman said.

Earlier this month, Portland Mayor Sam Adams called for a ban on plastic bags in the city by 2012 to encourage shoppers to reuse bags.

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