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Single Use Plastic Bag Fee Returns Wednesday

Among Gov. Ned Lamont’s COVID-19 precautions in March was an executive order suspending Connecticut’s 10-cent fee on single-use plastic bags.

The order is set to expire Wednesday — July 1 — when retailers again are required to collect the fee.

Early in the pandemic, some retailers set policy preventing employees from bagging groceries in reusable bags brought from home by the customer.

“According to guidance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), given the most current scientific information available, reusable bags do not serve as a significant source of infection for COVID-19,” the Department of Revenue Services said in a statement last week.

Stop & Shop will continue to encourage customers to bag their own groceries.

“We have instituted policies in our stores requesting customers to bag their own groceries if they are bringing reusable bags with them during their shopping trip to better adhere to safety and sanitation standards,” Stop & Shop spokeswoman Maura O’Brien said in a statement to Connecticut Public Radio. She said Stop & Shop will be charging a 10-cent fee per paper or plastic bag beginning Wednesday.

Consumers are advised to wash reusable bags between uses and to wipe down surfaces with disinfecting wipes.

Connecticut continues to be on track to eliminate single-use, plastic bags by July 2021.

—CTMirror.org

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