By Jonathan Lemire
The New York City Council is introducing a bill that would impose a 10 cent fee on plastic and paper bags used at grocery stores.
The measure is intended to spur shoppers to bring their own reusable bags. The fee is not a tax and would benefit store owners.
New York City residents use 1 billion disposable plastic bags a year. It costs the city $10 million annually to ship used bags to landfills.
Similar measures are in place in Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
A vote is expected in the next few weeks. A similar measure failed last year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday called plastic bags "a problem" but stopped short of endorsing the bill.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says she needs to review it.