Get Used To Bringing Your Reusable Bags To Stores Again

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Jul 012020

Covid-19 gave us a reprieve for a few months, but today we will have to begin paying 10 cents for those single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and other retailers again. 

Before heading out to any store, gather up your reusable bags and put them in your vehicles so you won’t be caught off-guard when you get to the checkout. Maybe put a post-it note on your dashboard so you don’t forget before you walk into the store.

The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) reminds everyone that the temporary suspension of Connecticut’s single-use plastic bag fee, originally implemented by Executive Order on March 26, expired on Tuesday, June 30. Retailers are prepared to resume collection of the state-level 10-cent plastic bag fee on Wednesday, July 1.

Any Connecticut retailer that provides plastic bags to its customers in connection with a sale of goods is required to collect the plastic bag fee. The plastic bag fee, which applies statewide at the rate of $0.10 for each single-use plastic bag, is collected by retailers and remitted to DRS on their state sales and use tax return.

As it has throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) strongly encourages state residents who use reusable bags for shopping to continue to do so. Over the past year, Connecticut shoppers have overwhelmingly embraced the use of reusable shopping bags, which helps reduce plastic waste that harms the environment.

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 primary route of spread of the virus is from person-to-person contact and airborne droplets, though it is important to clean and disinfect all surfaces commonly touched by people. Most reusable bags can be easily cleaned between uses through laundering, hand washing, or cleaning with a disinfecting wipe.