The Aspen City Council has voted to ban plastic bags from the Colorado mountain resort town's two grocery stores and place a 20-cent fee on paper bags.
Other nearby towns also are considering the issue. Basalt has already approved a fee of 20 cents on plastic and paper bags, and Carbondale has been moving toward a ban on plastic bags.
The Boulder City Council is considering a fee on plastic bags.
Supporters say the goal of the ordinances is to reduce the amount of paper and plastic waste ending up in local landfills. They say research shows only a small percentage of consumers recycle their grocery bags.