Hello Neighbors –
Two gentle reminders about those pesky plastic bags:
Plastic bags, often used by residents to hold their recycling items before they place them in their purple bins, are the #1 problem for recycling in Denver. They tangle up the machinery and are the #1 contaminant. Help make recycling more effective by NOT placing your recyclables in plastic bags or placing plastic bags in the purple recycle carts. Learn more about how to recycle items properly here.
City Council passed an ordinance and Mayor Hancock signed the measure into law on December 26 placing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags provided by retailers. The fee takes effect July 1, 2020 and mandates that grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers charge customers ten cents per single-use bag. Retailers keep four cents, while the City of Denver receives six. The money the city collects from the fee will be used for education and marketing about the fee program, reusable-bag giveaways, and administrative and enforcement costs.
Some representatives in the State Legislature are also contemplating the issue of single-use plastics (bags, bottles, etc). Hal Bidlack is a columnist for the ColoradoPolitics and recently posted this opinion piece on the topic: It’s still all about plastics – how to dispose of them. What do you think? Should this idea be considered at the state level? Be sure to let your elected officials know one way or the other!