Fort Collins City Council finalizes ballot language for proposed plastic bag ban

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Fort Collins City Council officially put a proposed plastic bag ban on the April ballot after making a few tweaks to its wording.

The ballot measure will appear on the April 6 municipal election ballot. It will ask voters if the city should ban single-use plastic bags in large grocers, effective May 2022. The policy includes a 12-cent fee for paper bags, and council will be able to expand the policy to include other business types and other types of plastics in the future. 

The bag fee would be split 50-50 between establishments charging the fee and the city, which would use its share to implement the program. People using food stamps and other government assistance would be exempt from the fee.

Previous coverage:Fort Collins approves plastic bag ban ballot measure despite disagreement over preemption

Council approved the ballot measure Tuesday on a 5-2 vote, with Mayor Wade Troxell and council member Ken Summers opposed.

Fort Collins plastic bag ban ballot language

Here’s how it will look on the ballot:

“On February 16, 2021, the City Council adopted on second reading, and referred to the registered electors of the City, Ordinance No. 026, 2021, Amending Chapter 12 of the Code of the City of Fort Collins to Establish Regulations Regarding Disposable Bags and Mitigation of Other Sources of Single Use Plastic Pollution (the “Ordinance”), regulating the use of disposable bags by (a) prohibiting large grocers from providing disposable plastic bags; and (b) requiring payment of a disposable bag fee of $0.12 for disposable paper bags. Shall the Ordinance be approved?”

See the full text of the ordinance here.

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