Denver City Council postpones grocery bag fee measure until March

9:28 AM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - In Denver, grocery shoppers may have to start paying for the modern convenience of disposable grocery bags.

The bag fee was expected to begin in April, but the vote was delayed.

Grocery and convenience stores larger than 1,500 square feet would charge 5 cents for every bag, paper or plastic, given to a customer.

The idea is to get people to switch to reusable bags in place of paper or plastic.

The majority of the Denver City Council is in favor of the bill.

It's an idea Denver Mayor Michael Hancock does not support. Hancock has said the fee would be unfair to poorer or older people and could force people to shop outside of Denver.

More than 150 US cities have bag fees or have banned plastic bags altogether. Denver residents use an estimated 130 million plastic bags a year.

Read more about the bill here:

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