ORDINANCE No. [assigned by Clerk’s office]
Prohibit the provision of single-use plastic or non-recycled paper carryout bags at specified stores,
require regulated stores to charge a minimum of 5 cents per bag for recycled paper or compostable
plastic bags, and provide reusable bags, at no cost, to seniors and low-income residents. (Ordinance;
add Code Chapter 17.103)
The City of Portland ordains:
Section 1. The Council finds:
1. On June 28, 2006 the Council adopted Resolution No. 36423 establishing
goals for the solid waste and recycling system:
• Promote sustainability of the solid waste and recycling system that includes
maximum efficiency, equity and economic vitality, improved worker safety and
reduced environmental and human health impacts over the entire life cycle of the
• Minimize the impact of harmful wastes by targeting toxicity and reducing greenhouse
• Reduce per capita waste generation below 2005 levels by the year 2015.
Increase recovery of all waste with a target of 75 percent by the year 2015 and promote
highest value use of the recovered materials.
2. On October 28, 2009, Council passed Resolution 36748 to adopt the Climate Action Plan
that includes the following goals:
• Reduce total solid waste generated by 25 percent.
• Recover 90 percent of all waste generated.
3. The expansive usage of single-use shopping bags and their typical disposal creates an
impediment to the City’s waste reduction and recycling goals.
4. Single-use plastic bags are difficult to recycle and frequently contaminate material that is
processed through the City’s curbside recycling and composting programs.
5. Recycled content paper carryout bags are a high value recyclable collected in the City’s
curbside recycling program and are made in paper mills located in the region. While
papermaking has environmental impacts, when made with 40 percent or more postconsumer
content, paper bags provide a positive alternative to plastic bags.