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Dallas Approves Five-Cent Carryout Bag FeeDallas Approves Five-Cent Carryout Bag Fee

Allan Gerlat

March 28, 2014

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Dallas Approves Five-Cent Carryout Bag Fee

Dallas has approved a five-cent fee for single-use carryout paper or plastic bags, to take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Dallas City Council approved the environmental fee by an 8-6 vote, the city confirmed in an e-mail. Single-use bags will be banned entirely at retail outlets in city buildings and at city-sponsored events.

Stores in Dallas will charge customers five cents for most kinds of plastic or paper carryout bags, according to the legislation promoted by council member Dwaine Caraway. He argued that plastic bags in particular were creating litter problems throughout the city.

The fee will not apply to all kinds of bags. Produce bags in grocery stories and take-home bags from restaurants are exempt, for example.

The Washington-based American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents plastic bag manufacturers, opposed the decision, saying it will jeopardize jobs and hurt consumers.

Caraway had sought an outright ban on single-use bags originally.

Dallas officials said the money collected from the bag fee will go toward enforcement and education efforts.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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