New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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Gothamist With Plastic Bags Banned, City Council Will Consider Paper Bag Fee by CLAIRE LAMPEN

With Plastic Bags Banned, City Council Will Consider Paper Bag Fee

On Tuesday, City Council members Margaret Chin, Brad Lander, Donovan Richards, Antonio Reynoso, Ben Kallos, and Keith Powers announced forthcoming legislation providing for a 5-cent fee on paper bags. Proceeds from every bag sold would be divided between the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, which would get 3 cents, and the city, which would use the remainder to buy reusable bags for New Yorkers (particularly low-income and elderly New Yorkers, who might have a hard time avoiding the fee otherwise).