Virginia lawmaker proposes nickel tax on plastic bags

Jeremy Carroll

Published: December 13, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Public Policy, Packaging, Film & Sheet

RICHMOND, VA. (Dec. 13, 12:50 p.m. ET) — A Virginia lawmaker has proposed imposing a nickel tax on single-use plastic bags, the Washington Examiner reported.

The money raised from the tax would go toward the state’s Water Quality Improvement Fund, which has been funding clean up of Chesapeake Bay. The proposed law would exempt bags used for ice cream, meat, fish, poultry, leftover restaurant food, newspapers, dry cleaning and prescription drugs, the newspaper reported. But all other plastic bags from retail outlets would cost consumers 5 cents, the newspaper reported.

Under the proposal, retailers would keep 1 cent for each bag or 2 cents if they have a program that rewards patrons with cash if they bring their own bags to the store.

Washington, D.C., has a similar tax.


Comments

Virginia lawmaker proposes nickel tax on plastic bags

Jeremy Carroll

Published: December 13, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Pactiv expanding in North Carolina

March 5, 2015 4:18 pm ET

Pactiv LLC is spending more than $24 million on an expansion project in North Carolina that will create 59 new jobs.    More

Image

VisiPak adds to customer mix, product offerings with Tulox acquisition

March 5, 2015 2:19 pm ET

VisiPak has acquired Tulox Plastics Corp., a maker of clear plastic packaging.    More

Image

China lowers growth target

March 5, 2015 1:19 pm ET

The world's second largest economy has set its 2015 gross domestic product growth expectations at its lowest in a quarter of a century: 7 percent.    More

Image

'Listen to the Science' ads a start, but consumers still need education

March 5, 2015 11:36 am ET

Since joining Plastics News — and therefore learning more than the average consumer about the business and science of plastics — there...    More

Image

PET makes it possible to have your beer and be sustainable too

March 5, 2015 10:45 am ET

PET could replace stainless steel beer kegs in a material swap product developers say will be more environmentally friendly and cost effective for the...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events