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New Yorkers to pay for disposable plastic and paper bags

A man walks out of a store with plastic bags on May 5, 2016 in New YorkNew Yorkers will soon have to pay for disposable plastic and paper bags in a city that consumes billions of them each year. The City Council voted on Thursday to require shoppers to pay five cents for each disposable bag they use in certain stores. The measure, adopted after heated debate by 28 votes to 20, is aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to use reusable bags, the council said.

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