Council members announce bill to charge dime for store bags
Paper or plastic? If the City Council approves a new law it won't matter because they will both cost you extra.
Council members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin announced Tuesday a bill that would charge customers a dime if they used one of the bags at grocery and retail stores. Under the legislation, which will be introduced Thursday, customers at food and retail stores would be charged for the bags and the money would go directly to the shop owners.
The law is designed to encourage New Yorkers to carry their own reusable bags.
The mayor is reviewing the bill. It reportedly costs the city $10 million to transport 100,000 tons of plastic bags to landfills.