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Plastic and Paper Bags May Face Ten Cent Fee in New York City

by Associated Press
Piles of Plastic Bags.

Heal the Bay, Flickr

Bill aims to lower the cost of shipping paper and plastic bags to landfills.

The New York City Council is introducing a bill that would impose a 10 cent fee on plastic and paper bags used at grocery stores.

The measure is intended to spur shoppers to bring their own reusable bags. The fee is not a tax and would benefit store owners.

New York City residents use 1 billion disposable plastic bags a year. It costs the city $10 million annually to ship used bags to landfills.

Similar measures are in place in Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

A vote is expected in the next few weeks. A similar measure failed last year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday called plastic bags "a problem" but stopped short of endorsing the bill.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says she needs to review it.



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