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Roanoke City Council consider 5 cent tax on disposable plastic bags

Public hearing on proposed tax set for April 19

City council considers plastic bag tax
City council considers plastic bag tax

ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke City Council is considering a 5 cent tax on disposable plastic bags.

If passed, the new tax would take effect on January 1, 2022.

It would apply to grocery stores, convenience stores or drug stores.

All the money collected from the tax would be used for environmental cleanup, educational programs to reduce environmental waste, pollution and litter or to provide reusable bags to SNAP or WIC recipients.

The city council set a public hearing on the proposed tax for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 19.


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Lindsey joined the WSLS 10 team as a reporter in February 2019 and is thrilled to call Roanoke her new home!