Bill would charge nickle for shopping bags

March 13, 2009 5:38:38 PM PDT
Some Connecticut lawmakers are hoping to encourage shoppers to use reusable bags by imposing a new nickel fee for every plastic or paper bag they receive at retail stores. Such legislation cleared the Environment Committee Friday on a 21-9 vote.

The bill would require any retailer who provides paper or plastic bags for purchases to charge customers a 5-cent fee, starting on or after Jan. 1, 2010. It now goes to the House of Representatives for further action.

The proceeds would be sent to the state, collected in a special fund and spent on recycling programs.

Some lawmakers who opposed the bill say they worry that collecting the fee will become a hardship for struggling small businesses.


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