Plastic bags could be banned at many Colorado stores |

Plastic bags could be banned at many Colorado stores

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” The days of choosing between paper and plastic could be numbered.

Two state lawmakers from Denver have introduced a bill to phase out the use of plastic bags by large Colorado retailers by 2012.

Until then, shoppers would be charged six cents for each plastic bag they use at big stores.

Half of that would go to the store and the other half would go to a fund to educate people about the pending ban.

The bill, introduced Wednesday, would only apply to stores that are 10,000 square feet or larger and have at least $1 million in annual sales. Smaller businesses and stores operated as franchises would be exempt.

Sen. Jennifer Veiga and Rep. Joe Miklosi (Mi-CLO’-see) introduced the bill at the urging of students from the Kent Denver School.

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