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

by Associated Press
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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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