ASPEN, COLO. (Aug. 23, 12:45 p.m. ET) — In an effort to encourage residents to bring their own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, Aspen is one step closer to charging a 20-cent fee on disposable grocery bags.
The Aspen City Council on Monday passed the “Waste Reduction Fee Ordinance” by a 4-1 vote on first reading, the Aspen Daily News reported. The fee will get a more extensive public hearing on Sept. 12, the newspaper said, when the council will have the opportunity to adopt the ordinance.
The ordinance would implement a 20-cent fee on single-use disposable paper and plastic bags distributed at the two grocery stores within city limits.
The fee would only apply to bags handed out in the checkout lines of the grocery stores, the newspaper said, and would exempt bags available in the produce department or bags from other retail stores and restaurants.