Durango, CO, Aug. 6, 2013 (PBBR) - Durango, Colorado, a town of just under 17,000 people, just passed the most unique bag regulations of any municipality or governing agency.
After two years of studying the issue and many meetings of the City Council who wrangled with the pros and cons, the Disposable Checkout Bag Policy was passed by a vote of 4-1.
The Disposable Checkout Bag Policy requires grocery stores to charge a ten cents fee for any plastic disposable bag or paper disposable bag that is requested by a customer. A "grocer" is defined as a food store with over 25,000 square feet. Therefore, according to my research, the law actually applies to only four stores operating in Durango.
Furthermore, the ordinance includes an "Opt-In" option which allows other retailers of any type merchandise to opt-in to the Disposable Checkout Bag policy. A "Business Opting-In" would voluntarily adopt and apply the ordinance to its business and thereafter collect and remit the Disposable Checkout Bag Fee pursuant to this Article III.
It will be interesting to watch this ordinance. The ordinance is similar to "Opt-In Recycling". If you want to recycle, then place recyclables in a blue bin; otherwise, just put them in your trash bin.
Durango is surrounded by mountains, state and national parks, rivers, lakes and five ski resorts, making it a year-round tourist destination.
See other cities in Colorado who have implemented disposable bag regulations.