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Proposal passes committee after public weighs in on plastic, paper bag fee in Minneapolis

Updated: November 18, 2019 04:51 PM

Monday in Minneapolis, residents had a chance to weigh in on how single-use, disposable bags could soon come with a cost.

A new proposal suggests charging a fee for paper or plastic bags at store checkouts.

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If this proposal passes, Minneapolis residents could see changes during future trips to the grocery store.

The city of Minneapolis is considering a 5 cent fee on each paper or plastic bag shoppers carry out of a store. In other words, those who don't bring their own bags will have to pay for the store's options.

Minneapolis officials tried to ban plastic bags two years ago, however, the state legislature ruled cities couldn't do that. 

Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon came up with this new proposal instead and said it's intended to change people's habits and help the environment.

"Everyone would pay a 5 cent fee for a paper or plastic bag when they go to a store and carry out bags at the end of the line, and hopefully that will motivate all of us to bring our own bag instead," Gordon said.

Under the proposed ordinance, businesses would keep that 5 cent fee, not the city.

Gordon also said anyone using federal or state assistance programs, like SNAP, would be exempt.

Monday's public hearing took place at 1:30 p.m. in city hall. 

At the meeting, the proposal passed through committee. It will be voted on by the full city council at a later date. 

Minneapolis considers fee on plastic, single-use paper bags

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