Virginia Waterways Clean Up and Consumer Choice Act; paper and plastic bag fee. (HB1115)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Paper and plastic bag fee.  Imposes a fee of $0.05 on paper and plastic bags used by purchasers to carry tangible personal property from the place of purchase. Durable, reusable plastic bags and bags used for ice cream, meat, fish, poultry, leftover restaurant food, newspapers, dry cleaning and prescription drugs are exempt from the fee. Retailers are allowed to retain $0.01 of the $0.05 fee or $0.02 if the retailer has a customer bag credit program. The revenues raised by the fee will be deposited in the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund. Failure to collect and remit the fee will result in fines of $250, $500, and $1,000 for the first, second, third and thereafter offenses. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103874D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Finance
01/17/2010Impact statement from TAX (HB1115)
01/18/2010Assigned Finance sub: #3
01/25/2010Assigned Finance sub: #3
02/08/2010Impact statement from TAX (HB1115)
02/09/2010Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2010Left in Finance


Cindy Brookshire writes:

Thank you for introducing this bill. It should pass in VA and MD as it has in DC. It isn't hard to learn to use reusable bags, and they are sturdier. I pick up litter almost every day, and most of it is plastic bags, bottles, cans and cigarette butts. Impose a fee on them all.

Cindy Patterson writes:

Please, pass HB1115.

This bill is a win, win for manufacturers and the environment.

The manufacturers can change over to environmentally safe bags for consumers and the retailers have financial incentive to save the environment and sell reusable safe bags for consumers.

I have reusable bags in my foyer and trunks of both of my cars.

Thank you, Delegate Ebbin for introducing this bill.

Thank you all for saving our environment.

Cindy Patterson

Katie Register writes:

I agree -- this bill is win, win, win. Cotton growers will benefit (plastic bags can decrease the value of their crop); wildlife in our rivers & coastal waters will benefit; shoppers will benefit. Switching to reusable cloth bags is one easy step we need to take! Let's decrease our use of one-use plastic disposables!
Thank you Delegate Ebbin & others who see the wisdom in this action.