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Plastic Bag Fee Considered in Delaware

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A plastic bag fee proposal could have plastic bag users paying more at the grocery store. (Photo: WBOC) A plastic bag fee proposal could have plastic bag users paying more at the grocery store. (Photo: WBOC)
A plastic bag fee proposal could bump the total of your receipt up a bit if you use plastic bags. (Photo: WBOC) A plastic bag fee proposal could bump the total of your receipt up a bit if you use plastic bags. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Delaware lawmakers are considering a bill that would cost plastic bag users more at the grocery store.

The bill would require grocery stores over 7,000-square-feet, or with multiple locations, to charge customers 5 cents per single-use plastic bag they take. 

The charge would not be a tax, because the money would not go to the government. It would go to grocery stores who would use it to promote a recycling program or to buy reusable bags to give or sell to customers. 

Some shoppers told WBOC Thursday they already pay enough in taxes.

"Personally I think we're being taxed to death with everything. I think they need to stop with all the taxes," said Jim Fiore, a Dover resident. "If they don't want us to use plastic bags, they can just go back to paper like they did years ago."

Others supported the measure. Benjamin Hollenbeck of Camden said he reuses them.

"I got a pretty big family," he said. "And I reuse them for my lunch bags. I mean, 5 cents isn't that bad, though."

Gertrude of Magnolia said she understands the environmental concerns but has her own personal concerns.

"The cashiers are going to pack the [reusable bags] and they're going to put more into those bags. I'm rather weak, and I'm a senior. So I have a problem lifting those bags," she said. 

The bill, H.B. 202, is still in a legislative committee. If it makes it to the floor and passes, it would not take effect until Dec.  2, 2016. 

It is sponsored by Rep. Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne, and according to the bill's language, aims to protect Delaware's communities, watersheds and wildlife.

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