The Greenfield City Council voted to approve a plastic bag ban during a meeting Wednesday night.
The ban will go into effect in January of 2020, and in the first year businesses are welcome to charge a fee for paper bags, but it’s not required.
It’s meant to reduce waste and encourage the use of reusable bags.
Greenfield City Councilor Timothy Dolan told 22News, businesses will be able to charge customers a 5-cent fee on paper bags.
Some businesses told 22News, they’re still unclear of how the ordinance will impact their business once it’ll take effect a year from now.
Dolan said the rationale is two-fold: to compensate businesses for the cost of paper bags, which cost more than plastic, and to discourage people from just taking a paper bag.
Baker Office Supply has historically offered paper bags in an effort to be eco-friendly.
“Right now I think it’s going to be unimpactful for us because we currently use paper bags and we’re going to continue to use paper bags. So, I think it should be pretty seamless,” said Baker Office Supply Owner, Bill Baker.
Councilor Dolan said he wants businesses to have the option to generate a little money from the new ordinance.
The five cents per bag is a minimum but businesses are free to charge what they want.
The mandatory 5-cent fee will go into effect January of 2021.