Albemarle and Charlottesville set to collect plastic bag tax starting January 1
If you use plastic bags provided by grocery stores to take your food and beverages home in Albemarle and Charlottesville, it’s going to cost you slightly more.
“As authorized through Virginia Code §58.1-1745, retailers will be required to charge $0.05 per disposable plastic bag provided to customers at checkout,” reads a press release sent out late Monday.
The idea is to incentivize people to carry reusable bags. Revenue must go to specific sources including purchase of bags for people with eligible incomes, a marketing campaign for environmental education, or litter clean-up programs.
The tax itself will be administered by the Virginia Department of Taxation.
For more information:
- Visit Charlottesville’s website on the plastic bag tax
- Visit Albemarle County’s website on the plastic bag tax
Are you a retailer? Are you prepared to implement the fee? What about a consumer? Will this change your behavior?
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