A dime-per-plastic bag in Denver?
DENVER, Colorado ” A group seeking to cut how many shopping bags end up in landfills is lobbying City Council to charge 10 cents for each one customers use at major grocery stores.
The proposal by BetterBagsColorado would affect supermarkets with annual revenues of $2 million or more.
Grocers, the plastic industry and at least one councilman are hesitant.
“I think that you would see a revolt at the checkout stand, especially with grocery prices going up already as they are,” Councilman Charlie Brown said.
“We’re generally opposed to any new tax or fee on our customers,” said lobbyist Chris Howes, president of the Colorado Retail Council.
Keith Christman is senior director of packaging for the trade group Progressive Bag Affiliates, which represents manufacturers and recyclers of plastic bags. He said fees for shopping bags, which consumers often reuse as lunch or trash bags, would make people buy more of other plastic bags.
Some stores already recycle. Pat Greaser, director of operations for King Soopers, said that since the 1980s, the grocer has given five cents to customers for each bag they return.
Deborah Hart of BetterBagsColorado said the group’s proposal would force consumers to think about sustainability.