Breckenridge, CO Pursues Fee on Disposable Bags

Breckenridge, CO Pursues Fee on Disposable Bags

Breckenridge, Colorado. March 31, 2013 - The ski resort town of Breckenridge, located 9600 feet above sea level in Summit County, Colorado, USA is considering implementing a fee on disposable bags, paper and plastic.

The Breckenridge Town Council is proposing an ordinance that would require all retailers, not just food stores, to charge a fee of ten cents for every "disposable" bag provided to customers to transport merchandise.

The disposable bag issue has been discussed at several Town Council meetings and on February 26, 2013, Council directed staff to move forward with placing a fee on paper and plastic bags at all retail establishments in town.

The disposable bag fee would apply to any business in town selling household items, groceries or personal consumer goods. Current wording in the proposed ordinance omits restaurants but may be revised before passage. Retailers would retain 50% of the fee.

The Town Council discussed the disposable bag fee issue at its March 26th meeting and is set to discuss the issue again at its first meeting in April.

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