The New York City Council proposed a bill this week that would require a 10-cent fee on all plastic and paper bags at grocery and retail stores. The bag fee, which would not apply to most street food vendors or restaurant deliveries, would benefit store owners and would not be collected by the city. Supporters of the bill say it would save the city money and protect the environment, as residents of the city use 5.2 billion plastic bags per year and the city pays $10 million to transport used bags to landfills.

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