NYC introduced a bill on Wednesday to help reduce the use of disposable grocery bags.
The bill would add a 10-cent fee for every plastic and paper bag used in NYC grocery stores. Shoppers can bring their own bags to buy groceries for no additional cost.
The grocery bag fee will apply to small markets and stores starting July 1. New York wouldn’t be the first city to impose such a restriction as Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington D.C. have similar laws.
The move comes as part of a plan to reduce plastic and paper bag consumption which cost NYC millions of dollars haul from the landfills every year.
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