Bainbridge council OKs paper-bag fee increase, 25 cent fee for paper cups may be next

The city of Bainbridge Island is looking to raise the cost for paper bags on Bainbridge.

And more fees for disposable single-use consumer items may be on the way.

Merchants on the island currently charge 5 cents for a paper bag when customers do not bring their own paper bag or use a reusable bag.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, the city council gave its initial approval to raise the cost of a paper bag to 8 cents.

City officials say the increase is needed “to be consistent with Kitsap County, Bremerton and Port Orchard.”

The city passed its paper-bag fee ordinance in 2012.

Bainbridge officials said the 8-cent fee is retained by the retailer, and is meant to offset the cost of bags and other costs.

Bainbridge Councilwoman Rasham Nassar said during Tuesday’s meeting that additional revisions to the city’s restrictions on single-use consumer items, such as food take-out containers, has been in discussion for nearly a year, will be proposed in the coming year.

The changes include a new $25 cent fee on disposable paper cups.

“So stay tuned,” Nassar said.

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