Proposed bill calls for fee on grocery bags

Shopper Varsha Prajapati lifts groceries into her cart after paying at Patel Brothers in Jackson Heights. Photo by Christina Santucci
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The City Council has received a proposal calling on grocery stores citywide to charge customers for the bags they use to take their groceries home.

The proposal would require stores to charge 10 cents per plastic or paper bag, if customers do not bring their own reusable ones. The money collected from bag fees would go to store owners.

The bill was expected to be introduced into the Council this week.

Reach reporter Kelsey Durham at 718-260-4573 or by e-mail at

Updated 5:52 pm, March 27, 2014
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D.Stutts from Jack.Hts says:
GET RID Of PLASTIC Bags.!! They Can Get FREE Ones From all The TREES In Every Neighborhood That The Bags End UP ON!!!!
March 27, 2014, 10:33 am

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