In 2020 legislation was passed by the Virginia General Assembly that allows counties or cities in the state to adopt an ordinance that would implement a $0.05 tax on disposable plastic bags provided by grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores. The 2020 legislation would require the tax to be collected from the retailer at the time of purchase.
Revenue generated by the tax would be used for:
- Environmental clean up programs
- Pollution and litter mitigation programs
- Educational programs on environmental waste
- Provision of reusable plastic bags to recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Woman, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) benefits
On July 27th, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a public hearing regarding the ordinance which will take place on September 14th at 4:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback at the public hearing.