Fort Collins five cent bag fee will start in April

FORT COLLINS, Colo - Shoppers in Fort Collins will have to pay 5 cents for every disposable bag they use starting next April.

City councilors approved the fee Tuesday night after hearing from many residents who opposed the idea.

The Coloradoan reports that councilors originally considered imposing a 10-cent fee. Besides reducing the fee, councilors also required retailers to notify customers about the fee before charging them for a bag. The city also will have to look at how it can reduce its use of disposable bags.

Several other Colorado cities also have bag fees to discourage people from using disposable bags. A state judge recently upheld Aspen's 20-cent fee for paper grocery store bags, saying it was a fee and not a tax that requires taxpayer approval.

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