Plastic Bag Tax Begins Jan. 1 in Fredericksburg | Local news
A 5-cent tax on disposable plastic bags goes into effect in Fredericksburg on Saturday, and Wegmans respond by removing single-use plastic bags from its Fredericksburg store starting the same day.
The General Assembly passed a law last year authorizing a new tax of 5 cents per plastic bag given to customers of grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies.
Fredericksburg city council passed the tax earlier this year in an effort to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags and promote reusable bags, according to a press release from the city.
“This initiative is an extension of the future state desired by the city council for a green and clean environment in which Fredericksburg is a responsible and modern city with a quality of life guaranteed by thoughtful environmental management,” the press release said.
Tax will be collected at the point of sale, similar to sales tax.
Big box retailers such as Target and Walmart will be subject to tax if they include a grocery store or drugstore, and the tax only applies to businesses that maintain regular hours at a fixed location in the city.
Until January 1, 2023, retailers can keep 2 out of 5 cents collected as compensation for tax collection and remission fees. This amount will be reduced to 1 cent per bag after January 1, 2023.