A group pushing for the repeal of Fort Collins’ 5-cent fee for plastic shopping bags is close to forcing the city council to repeal its plan or hold a city-wide vote.
Aspen’s 20-cent charge for paper bags at grocery stores is a fee, not a tax, and can remain in place, a state judge ruled Monday.
Last year Fort Collins said “no” to charging a fee for using plastic and paper bags. Now the city council is considering the idea once again.
Fort Collins is the latest city in Colorado to propose a fee for shopping bags.
Boulder officials say the use of plastic and paper bags has fallen 68 percent in the six months since the city enacted a 10-cent fee on disposable grocery bags.
Customers would be charged a plastic bag fee of five cents if the Denver City Council approves a proposal designed to help the environment and cut down on waste.
Durango is the latest Colorado town to approve a fee on disposable shopping bags.