ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People at stores in Albemarle County will soon have to pay a little more to use disposable plastic bags.

The county’s plastic bag tax goes into effect on Jan. 1. This will impact plastic bags shoppers get during checkout at grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies.

According to a release, the Virginia Disposable Plastic Bag Tax aims to address the impacts and costs of disposable plastic bags on the community and encourage the use of reusable bags.

Money that is collected through this tax will be used to buy and distribute reusable bags to vulnerable populations and pay for environmental education and litter clean-up programs.

The release says county staff will be distributing reusable bags to residents who get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children programs in January as well.

For more information on the tax, click here.