VT Legislature Considering Disposable Bag Fee

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/24 2014 11:43AM

Updated 02/24 2014 11:44AM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Legislature is considering a disposable bag fee. 

According to the bill, a 10 cent fee would be charged to someone carrying goods, food or other products from a retail establishment. Exemptions include bags provided by pharmacists containing prescription drugs or bags used to deliver newspapers, dry cleaning, baked goods, flowers, or prepared foods.

The bill would also prohibit a business from selling, distributing wholesale, or distributing at retail a disposable carryout bag made of plastic or paper unless the bag can be recycled and meets content and label requirements.

If passed, the bill would take effect July 1, 2015. The bill is currently in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. 

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