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Minneapolis City Council passes ordinance requiring 5 cent fee on one-time use grocery bags

Minneapolis City Council passes ordinance requiring 5 cent fee on one-time use grocery bags Photo: KSTP/File

Updated: November 22, 2019 11:09 AM

Minneapolis residents and visitors will see a change when they visit a grocery store in the city following the City Council's passing of the "Bring Your Own Bag" ordinance. 

The ordinance, which places a 5 cent fee on each paper or plastic bag shoppers carry out of a store, was passed at the council's Friday meeting. 

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

Anyone using federal or state assistance programs, like SNAP, would be exempt from the ordinance.

Minneapolis officials tried to ban plastic bags two years ago, however, the state legislature ruled cities could not make that decision. 

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