Gay Movie Full Free DownloadBy a margin of 2-1, the Denver City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of a ban on single-use plastic bags at city-owned retail establishments.
“We’re not banning anything,” said Mayor Michael Hancock, adding that the ban is a “simple effort to encourage retailers to adopt more environmentally responsible practices” and is the first of its kind in Colorado.
During the hearing, the city heard from a number of retailers who said their businesses could not afford to implement the new policy and asked the council to create a grace period for implementation.
Council members all voted in favor of the ban, except Juan Vasquez, who abstained from the vote.
Amber Fitzgerald, the owner of All City Barbershop, said that plastic bags are an easy option for customers, but she is concerned that the ban will hurt her business and that she is not opposed to doing away with them entirely.
“But I’m a firm believer in fairness,” she said. “I do not feel that all businesses have to go out of business because one business is going to lose money.”
The ban will take effect in two stages. A grace period of two years, beginning at 5 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2017, will give retail establishments time to implement new policies.
After the grace period, plastic bags will only be permitted if the sale price is $100 or more or if the customer purchases another item that is packaged in a plastic bag.
Plastic bags that are not banned would be subject to a 3-cent tax.
Retailers with three or more city-owned properties will be responsible for the tax.
The new bag policy is one of seven initiatives presented to the council in the first part of last week’s meeting. The council will consider them later this week and on May 6.
The council’s ban on plastic bags is in addition to the council’s ban on plastic straws, which took effect in July. It is also in addition to several local initiatives around the county, including Boulder’s ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.
Hancock said the city has spent more than $15,000 on plastic bag giveaways since the ban was first announced last month, mostly through the nonprofit Greening Denver’s Parks.