Seattle's 20-Cent Green Fee

Seattle city council experiences back lash for 20-cent bag fee proposal

| September 2008 Web

In late July of this year, Mayor Greg Nickels of Seattle and City Council President Richard Conlin proposed a 20-cent bag fee for those requesting plastic or paper bags.

Council members aim to improve Seattle's shopping habits by reducing and eventually eliminating dependency on plastic and paper bags. Their hopes are that using reusable bags will become a natural behavior similar to recycling. Although the "green fee" will not take effect until January 2009, the proposal has sparked a huge debate among Seattle citizens.

Special interest groups such as the American Chemistry Council and the Washington Food Industry are counteracting the city's green endeavors. These companies and various Seattle residents have taken to the streets with petitions, seeking signatures to reverse the proposal. They would need a little more than 14,000 valid names and signatures before the August 2009 vote.

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