Fee kicks in April 15
PORTLAND, Maine —April 15 will mark another kind of tax day in Portland.
The city will have a 5-cent per plastic bag fee at grocery stores starting on that day.
Supermarkets and customers are both preparing for the ordinance.
“It’s like, for the love of bags. Oh, my God. They’re everywhere,” said Samantha Clapp.
The goal of the fee is to help reduce plastic waste.
“We have reusable bags. We just forget to bring them. And it’s not even that we forget because we don’t care. We just never really plan to come to the grocery store,” Justin Hadley said.
Hannaford customers are getting free reusable totes in the days leading up to April 15.
“A lot of people take bags for granted and leave them out in the street. So if it takes 5 cents to keep it clean, don’t hurt nobody,” said Jeilai Batawy.
At Save-A-Lot, customers are already charged for bags. It costs 5 cents for a small bag and 10 cents for large ones.
Store clerk Galen Libby said that in his eight years working at the store, few people have spoken out against the charge.
“Most people get used to it. They have their dime ready. There’s almost been a couple people in the past few years that really complain about it. Most people are accepting,” he said.