NYC debates 5-cent fee for new grocery bags

You might want to consider bringing your own bag on your next visit to the grocery store.

On Wednesday afternoon, A committee of New York City Council Members will consider a 5-cent fee on new plastic and paper grocery bags used to carry groceries.

It's not being called a "tax" because the city will not collect the money. The revenue will remain with the stores.

Consumers are being encouraged to use canvas bags. The city and advocacy groups plan to give away many canvas bags.

Supporters hope it will reduce the number of bags in landfills and save the city millions of dollars every year.

Opponents call the fee a "tax" and want more specifics about the implementation.

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