Starting in October, shoppers in America's largest city will be charged a nickel for each plastic bag they are given at checkout.
After two years of heated debate, New York's City Council narrowly passed legislation last week to apply a minimum 5 cent fee on both plastic and paper bags. Stores will have the option to charge more if they so choose, and they will keep the money they collect.
The measure, which goes into effect Oct. 1, was championed by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. He said in a statement the fee policy could reduce paper and plastic bag waste by as much as 60 percent.