DENVER - The Denver City Council will hold a public hearing and final vote on a 5-cent grocery bag fee Monday night, but Mayor Michael Hancock said he has "a number of concerns" about the proposal, hinting at a veto.
Councilwoman Deborah Ortega proposed the ordinance, which would apply at grocery and convenience stores.
"There is a cost associated with what paper and plastic bags do to our environment," said Ortega. "About 20 percent of the cost of Denver's composting program is taking out plastic. At the recycling facility, we saw the machine gets jammed, and they have to shut down operations until they can pull plastic out of the machine. That costs money."
The Department of Environmental Health estimates 130 million disposable, single-use bags are consumed from convenience and food stores in Denver every year.
Similr ordinances have passed in larger cities such as Los Angeles and Washington D.C., as well as in Colorado cities such as Aspen, Carbondale, Breckenridge, Boulder and Durango.
But in Denver, Ortega said she has faced serious opposition.