CARBONDALE, COLO. (Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m. ET) — Carbondale has joined nearby Aspen, Colo., in banning plastic bags and placing a 20-cent fee on paper bags handed out at grocery stores.
The Carbondale board of trustees approved the ban Oct. 25. However, because the ban only applies to grocery stores with more than 3,500 square feet, it only impacts — at the retail level — the town's major grocery store, City Market. The law, which will go into effect May 1, does permit grocers to distribute, at no cost, bags made from starch-based biodegradable polymers.
Carbondale, which has an estimated population of 6,000, is 30 miles northwest of Aspen, whose population is also roughly 6,000. Basalt, a community of 3,000 people that lies between the two cities, earlier this month passed a 20-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags. All three laws go into effect May 1.