Fort Collins Colorado Gives Initial Approval For Disposable Bag Fee
The Fort Collins City Council has given its initial approval to a 10-cent fee on all disposable shopping bags. As reported in the Coloradoan, the city council approved this bag fee proposal on Tuesday, July 1st.
The official ordinance would let grocery stores keep all the revenue generated by the fees under the ordinance. The supermarkets would be required to spend at least 50 percent of the proceeds to purchase reusable bags to distribute to customers.
The proposal passed 5-2. Similar mandates in other Colorado cities have proved to bring in dramatic decreases in plastic bag use. Boulder, Colorado has seen a 68 percent drop in disposable bag use since they implemented their 10-cent fee in July 2013. In addition, Breckenridge has seen a 40 to 50 percent reduction in the use of disposable bags since 2012.