NYC mayor to sign 5-cent charge for plastic bags

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’ll sign a bill that imposes a 5-cent fee for single-use plastic bags.

The City Council approved the measure Thursday. The Democratic mayor has a goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030.

Backers hope the fee will reduce pollution and unsightly litter from the billions of plastic bags that New Yorkers dispose of annually.

Opponents complain that the fee will amount to a new burden on a heavily taxed population.

The law will cover plastic and paper bags given out by grocery stores, drugstores and other retailers. Stores will get to keep the fees they collect, not the city.

Exemptions include restaurant takeout orders and purchases made with food stamps.

The law will go into effect Oct. 1 if it is signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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