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Virtual town hall to discuss proposed plastic bag fee

Proposed plastic bag fee
Posted at 11:31 AM, Jul 29, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs City Council Member Yolanda Avila is inviting the public to a virtual town hall Wednesday evening to discuss discuss a potential ballot measure regarding plastic bag fees. The virtual event begins at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 7:30 p.m.

Avila has proposed a 10 cent per plastic bag fee, and she's asking the council to add this item to the November 2020 ballot.
This fee would not apply to paper bags.

In the "plastic bag fee" proposal, 60 percent of the money would go to the City of Colorado Springs and 40 percent would go to the business.

The City plans to use money raised from the fee to fund funding for the following:

  • City-wide clean up events in city parks, rights-of way and other public properties.
  • Educational activities related to the environment.
  • Programs and infrastructure to reduce waste, as well as mitigation of the effects of waste across the city's public spaces.

You must RSVP if you are interested in participating.

You can RSVP by emailing Carly.Hoff@coloradosprings.gov(link sends e-mail). You will then receive instructions on how to join via computer or telephone before the start of the meeting. The meeting will be held using Microsoft Teams, but you do not need a Microsoft Teams account to join.