24 Aug '11, 10am

Will Aspen enact a plastic bag fee? The city could add a whopping 20-cent charge to all single-use bags

Will Aspen enact a plastic bag fee? The city could add a whopping 20-cent charge to all single-use bags

To encourage residents to use reusable shopping bags, Aspen, Colo., is considering placing a fee on single-use paper and plastic bags distributed at the city’s two grocery stores. Photo: Creative Commons, by Daniel Case Find your local recycling solution for plastic bags Just a month after Portland banned plastic shopping bags from grocery stores and retailers with pharmacies, Aspen, Colo., is moving closer to charging a 20-cent fee on all single-use grocery bags – both paper and plastic. Yesterday the Aspen City Council passed the Waste Reduction Fee Ordinance by a 4-1 vote on first reading, according to the Aspen Daily News . The next step for the ordinance is a public hearing on Sept. 12, when the council will have the opportunity to adopt the ordinance. The ordinance would place a 20-cent fee on single-use paper and plastic bags distributed at the two grocery stores wi...

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