City Hall proposed that stores charge customers a 5 cent fee for each plastic carryout bag, which would raise $84m/year for the city. New York City would be the only major U.S. city to charge its residents a tax on grocery bags, says ACC.
"Taxes on plastic bags don't make sense for the environment. The overwhelming majority of states and cities that have looked at this issue have concluded that recycling is the sound solution for reducing waste and controlling litter," said Sharon Kneiss, ACC vice president of products divisions.ACC added that the proposal will further burden NYC residents at the current economic environment.
As a NYC resident, I totally agree. I use cloth bag but it's not often that I remember to carry it with me when I impulsively decide to go to the corner pharmacy or grocery store. And it will now cost me 5c. just to line my little bathroom waste can!