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During a meeting on Tuesday, February 19, Winter Park Town Council moved towards its goal of building a more sustainable community by approving a fee for retailers and grocery stores that use single-use plastic bags.
The ordinance was modeled after a similar initiative by the Town of Fraser and includes the following:
Creating a “healthy & thriving environment” was identified as a primary vision for the future through the Imagine Winter Park initiative to develop a new Town Plan. With this in mind, Winter Park Town Council began exploring the establishment of a fee on disposable plastic bags last year.
Between now and July when the fee takes effect, the Town and Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce will work together on a marketing and education outreach program to ensure the fee is well communicated to residents, businesses, lodging properties, and visitors. One initiative will be to distribute reusable bags featuring the new Winter Park community brand around town.
See the full ordinance language in the February 19th meeting packet at www.wpgov.com/agendacenter.