Plastic Bag Decision Delayed In Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Steamboat Springs wants to hold off on a potential plastic bag fee until other communities take action.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that the city council voted Tuesday to hold off on a proposed fee on disposable bags until October. That would give the council time to see whether city officials in Aspen approve a 20-cent fee under discussion there.

Yampa Valley Recycles board member Catherine Carson said the bag fee would reduce the use of plastic grocery bags. She said they’re expensive to produce and harm the environment.

Aspen and Basalt approved first readings of bag fee ordinances last month, and Carbondale is scheduled to consider a measure Tuesday. Telluride imposed a plastic bag ban in 2010 and a 10-cent charge on paper bags.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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