NYC Councilmember explains and defends proposal to charge fee for carry-out bags

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Grocery and department stores in New York City would be required to charge customers 10 cents for plastic or paper carry-out bags. The stores would keep the money.

NYC Councilmember Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) says similar measures have reduced plastic bag waste in other cities and saved millions of dollars. “It’s not a ban or a tax,” he says.

The proposal has been introduced. It requires a committee hearing and a council vote.

The current proposal exempts restaurants, liquor stores and people who pay with food stamps.