Plastic Bag Levy Coming to Loudoun County July 1

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA – A 5-cent plastic bag tax is coming to Loudoun County on July 1. The tax was approved by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors earlier this year.

The tax will only apply to single-use bags distributed by grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies. The tax will not apply to restaurants, farmers’ markets, food banks or clothing stores.

“Passing this program will provide Loudoun County with a way to reduce the environmental harm of disposable plastic bags by encouraging shoppers to reuse durable bags,” said the Sterling District Supervisor and Vice Chairman of the District Council. administration, Koran T. Saines, in a press release when passing the ordinance. . “Plastic bags pollute our precious land and water resources. People have a choice when shopping. They can avoid the tax altogether by bringing a reusable bag to the store.”

The tax will not apply to the following baggage:

  • Durable plastic bags intended for multiple reuse
  • Bags that are only used to package ice cream, meat, fish, poultry, foodstuffs, unwrapped bulk foods or other perishables to prevent damage or contamination
  • Plastic bags used for dry cleaning or prescription drugs
  • Bags that are packaged and sold for use as garbage, animal droppings or leaf litter bags

Fairfax County, Arlington County and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Roanoke and Fredericksburg have already approved a 5-cent tax on plastic bags.

State law outlines specific uses of revenue generated from the plastic bag tax. Proceeds are to be used for environmental cleanup, providing education programs designed to reduce environmental waste, mitigating pollution and litter, and providing reusable bags to SNAP and WIC recipients.

The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development said officials have already begun contacting retailers to let them know how the tax might affect them.

The plastic bag tax will be collected in the same way as the current sales tax. Retailers will be compensated for the costs of collecting and remitting tax by withholding a portion of the tax collected. Until January 1, 2023, traders subject to the tax will be able to withhold 2 cents for every 5 cents collected. After January 1, 2023, this reduction will be reduced to 1 cent per bag.

Bryce K. Locke