March 27, 2014

Proposed in New York City: 10-Cent Fee For Each Plastic & Paper Grocery Store Bag

On Wednesday, the New York City Council introduced a bill that would charge individuals 10-cents on all plastic and paper grocery bags.

According to supporters of the bill, New York City residents go through 5.2 billion disposable plastic bags annually

The cost to the city is $10 million, which includes the cost of hauling the used bags to landfills.

Well, how the hell do they think I'm going to get my Chinese food home? Oh, never mind. The fee -- which will benefit stores and is not a tax -- does not apply to restaurant deliveries or most street food carts.

The 10-cent fee for paper bags is noted as an incentive for shoppers to use their own reusable bags.

If passed, New York would join Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., as cities who have made an effort to cut back on the use of plastic bags.

The measure is expected to be voted on in a few weeks.