By Portland Business Journal

Portlandâ¿¿s City Commission has agreed to support a statewide ban on single-use plastic and non-recycled paper bags.

The resolution, which the commission backed 4 to 0 (Commissioner Dan Saltzman was absent), also backs a state legislative proposal that would charge 5 cents per bag for recycled paper or compostable plastic bags. The proposal would further provide reusable bags free to senior citizens and low-income residents.

The resolution comes two weeks after Portland Mayor Sam Adams pledged to introduce a city ban on plastic and non-recycled paper bags.

Adams eventually shelved the proposal after agreeing to work with Oregon lawmakers, whoâ¿¿ll introduce a measure during the 2011 legislative session. The lawmakers include state Sen. Mark Hass, a Beaverton Democrat.

Adams plans to reintroduce the measure at the city level if state lawmakers reject the ban.

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