The city staffers who helped write the ordinance say participants in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program can get paper and reusable bags for free.
However, people who rely on other state assistance, such as food stamps, still have to pay. But that could change.
“It’s something that we recognize is an issue, and so just doing our best to connect people with getting a free bag is kind of our number one priority for that,” said Stephanie Scafa, Zero-Waste Analyst.
The city council will consider changes to the ordinance when it meets to review the ban in about six months.