Bainbridge to raise fee for paper bags on island

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

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 the council meeting next week, the city council will consider raising 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.

The Bainbridge council will consider the 3-cent increase at its business meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The city announced the fee increase Friday. The Bainbridge Review earlier requested a copy of the proposed ordinance for the fee increase, but it has not been released by the city.

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