10-cent grocery bag fee proposed in New York City

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 1:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — 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, Washington and other cities.

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) called plastic bags "a problem" Tuesday but stopped short of endorsing the bill. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says she needs to review it.

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