Lawmaker Says Bag Fee Would Remind NYC To Conserve

Law360, New York (August 21, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT) -- The time has come for New York City to adopt a grocery and retail bag surcharge — something that has been commonplace in Europe and elsewhere for decades — a city lawmaker said on Tuesday, proposing a 10-cent per-bag fee that merchants would retain to offset their costs.

The bill would require merchants to "make the cost of single-use bags clear to the consumer" and would apply to both paper and plastic, Brooklyn city councilman Brad Lander said, adding the charge would not be imposed on...
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