Alexandria to Promote New Plastic Bag Tax with Awareness Campaign | ALX now

Alexandria is about to embark on a public relations campaign in response to the 5-cent plastic bag tax, which goes into effect next month.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14, city council will consider releasing $ 30,000 from contingent reserves to the city’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services for awareness on the issue.

The tax comes into effect on January 1, 2022. Depending on the city, the taxes collected will be used to:

  • Environmental cleaning;
  • Offer education programs designed to reduce environmental waste;
  • Mitigate pollution and litter; Where
  • Provision of reusable bags to beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

“The operating budget adopted by the City for fiscal year (fiscal year) 2022 included $ 30,000 in non-departmental contingency reserves to develop and produce resources for graphics, advertisements, window stickers and to purchase bags. Reusable tote bags to distribute to low-income households, ”the city said.

The Virginia General Assembly passed Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) legislation last year allowing localities to impose a bag tax. The neighboring jurisdictions of Arlington and Fairfax County have also adopted bag taxes.

The $ 30,000 would be spent as follows:

  • $ 5,000 allocated for printing and postage (graphics development, printing of direct mail, window stickers, notification letters for stakeholders);
  • $ 9,500 to purchase reusable bags for low-income households and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) / Women, Infants and Children (WIC) beneficiaries;
  • $ 8,000 in temporary staffing hours (hours for reusable bag distribution events, street awareness of regulated businesses); and
  • $ 7,500 allocated to advertising (social media, local newspapers and / or bus shelters)

Bryce K. Locke