Fort Collins council to pick up bag-fee debate

The long-running debate over whether shoppers should be charged to use store-provided disposable bags in Fort Collins is headed back to City Council.

Council members on Tuesday are scheduled to consider two options for fees on paper and plastic bags: One would apply only to grocery stores while the other would require all retailers to charge customers the full price of supplying a bag.

Either ordinance, if approved, likely would include a time limit on enforcement so its effectiveness could be evaluated after a year or longer.

City officials have been discussing a fee on disposable bags for about two years. The goal behind a fee is to reduce the number of bags distributed across the community and the amount that ends up in landfills.

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