Lawmakers Propose Mandatory Fee for Plastic Bags in New York City

An art piece representing plastic bag usage.
An art piece representing plastic bag usage, displayed at today’s press conference.

City Councilmembers and advocates announced a plan today to slap a 10 cent charge on all plastic and paper carry-out bags at grocery and retail stores across New York City.

Customers would be required to bring their own bags or pay the fee, which stores would get to pocket, according to the proposed legislation, unveiled this afternoon at City Hall.

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Mayor Bloomberg Admits He’s Not Exactly a Model Composter

Skip Delano really likes composting.
Skip Delano really likes composting.

This morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the expansion of the city’s new voluntary composting program, which is expected to reach across the five boroughs by 2014.

But don’t expect the billionaire mayor to start collecting scraps and peelings in Tupperware containers at his ritzy townhouse any time soon.

“No, I don’t think we’ve cooked a meal since we started this, to be honest with you,” he told Politicker with a hearty laugh when asked by Politicker whether he’d had any personal experience with composting.

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