Reusable bag program still on despite sourcing issues

Charlottesville has canceled a request for quotations for a firm to provide reusable bags for eligible community members.

“Specifically, none of the bidders were able to meet the delivery date stated within the solicitation,” reads the memo sent out last week by Procurement and Risk Management Services.

The new five cent tax on plastic bags at retail stores goes into effect on January 1, 2023 in both Albemarle and Charlottesville. City Council allocated $20,000 toward the effort in late October.

Deputy City Manager Sam Sanders said the program will proceed despite the sourcing issues.

“We are working on an alternative approach to securing the bags for Department of Social Services to distribute to eligible SNAP and WIC recipients,” Sanders said in an email to Charlottesville Community Engagement this morning.

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