Community concerns led Fort Collins City Council to ask staff to re-examine options in limiting the bags after a vote to adopt a $0.10 fee on bags was narrowly defeated in 2013. That proposed ordinance would have evenly split revenue between grocers and the City. 

City staff is now proposing a Merchant Regulation ordinance that prohibits grocers from giving disposable shopping bags to customers free-of-charge. The proposal requires grocers to apply a minimum fee of $0.05/bag for "single-use" plastic and paper bags. All revenue would be retained by merchants. 

The public is encouraged to comment online at and attend the open house. The open house will be held at on Thursday, April 3 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Community Room in the City Office Building, located at 215 N. Mason Street.