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Oct 17, 2012 6:43 PM by AP posted by Juice Godfrey

Boulder City Council supports 10-cent bag fee

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The City Council in Boulder has voted in favor of charging shoppers 10 cents for each paper and plastic bag they use at the grocery store.

The Daily Camera reports the City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday to approve an ordinance charging the fee, starting in July. The proposal will go back to City Council for a third reading Nov. 1.

An earlier proposal would have charged 20 cents per bag.

The fee would apply to paper and plastic bags at food retailers, including convenience stores and Target. Gas station stores would be exempt if food sales are less than 2 percent of their business.

The city plans to buy and distribute reusable bags to low-income residents.

Other cities including Aspen have implemented similar fees.

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