Denver Council Committee Passes Disposable Bag Fee

Denver Council Committee Passes Disposable Bag Fee

Denver, CO, Aug. 20, 2013 (PBBR) - A proposed Disposable Bag Fee bill in the city of Denver has passed its first hurdle. A committee of the Denver City Council, the Health, Safety, Education & Services Committee (HSES), discussed the proposed plastic and paper bag fee ordinance and held a public hearing on the matter.

Introduced by Councilwoman Debbie Ortega, the bill would implement a nickel fee for any disposable bag a customer receives at a retail food store or convenience store. The goal of the ordinance is to reduce the consumption of single-use bags in Denver. Councilwoman Ortega produced a study last year of disposable bag use in Denver which estimated that 130,000,000 disposable bags are used each year in the city. Denver's population is 620,000 people, the same as Seattle, WA.

Yesterday, the HSES committee moved the bill forward. The proposal is expected to go before the Mayor and full Council on Aug. 27th with the first reading of the bill on Sept. 9th and second reading on Sept. 16th.

If the bill is passed, Denver would join several other Colorado towns with plastic bag bans or fees: Aspen, Boulder, Basalt, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Durango, and Telluride. Other Colorado towns are considering disposable bag regulations.

A news report from local Denver 9 News tells the story:

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