How Much Should We Charge Per Plastic Bag?

  • A 5 to 10 cent charge is the most common.
  • However, municipalities such as Brownsville, Texas have charged as high as $1.00 per bag.  (2)
  • Generally, the higher the fee per bag is, the greater the reduction in bag use will be.  (2)
  • With this knowledge, experts advise that Chicago should adopt a 10-cent per bag fee, as it’s high enough to cause awareness in the consumer as well as to allow retailers to recoup their costs.

Are plastic bag fees effective?

How can I take action right now?