W. Virginia considers bag tax, bottle bill

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CHARLESTON, W.VA. (Jan. 18, 12:20 p.m. ET) — Lawmakers in West Virginia have proposed a statewide 5-cent plastic bag tax along with a 5-cent bottle deposit bill.

The plastic bag tax, HB 2136, would charge grocery stores, drug stores and convenience stores 5 cents for every plastic shopping bag given to customers. The bill says the tax may not be passed onto the customer.

The bottle bill, HB 2814, extends to all beverages sold in plastic and aluminum containers, excluding dairy products and other drinks with nutritional value. The bill is aimed at getting the state’s recycling rate at 50 percent, according to the proposal.