Posted at: 08/20/2013 2:56 PM
Updated at: 08/20/2013 2:58 PM
By: Associated Press
New York City Council members are introducing legislation to require merchants to charge 10 cents for every plastic shopping bag.
Council members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin introduced the bill Tuesday.
Their measure would require stores to charge 10 cents for every plastic shopping bag used. The idea is to encourage people to start reusing the bags they already have at home.
Environmentalists say the bill would cut pollution and litter and save taxpayers $10 million a year in landfill costs.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a 5-cent charge for plastic bags in 2009. It was unsuccessful.
Many West Coast cities already charge for plastic shopping bags. Last month Los Angeles decided to ban single-use plastic bags altogether.