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Boulder may go forward with 10-cent bag fee

Chris Koury puts groceries in a paper bag for a customer while working the cash register at Alfalfa's Market on Broadway in May. Boulder is considering a 10-cent fee on all disposable grocery bags, paper or plastic. (Jeremy Papasso / Daily Camera file photo)

Chris Koury puts groceries in a paper bag for a customer while working the cash register at Alfalfa's Market on Broadway in May. Monday grocers will charge customers 10 cents for disposable bags. (Jeremy Papasso / Daily Camera file photo)

BOULDER, Colo. – Shoppers in Boulder will likely be charged 10 cents for each of their disposable grocery bags starting in July.

The Daily Camera reported that the Boulder City Council voted 7-1 Thursday to approve the fee on both paper and plastic bags. Part of the original proposal was changed, so a fourth reading of the plan is set to occur on Nov. 15.

The city plans to use money gained from the imposed fee to buy reusable bags and give them to low-income residents, according to the paper.

The fee would apply to paper and plastic bags at food retailers, convenience stores and Target. The Camera said gas station stores would be exempt if food sales account for less than two percent of their business.

Some Boulder council members opposed the fee in hopes that the council will reconsider a ban on plastic bags instead.