A plastic or paper bag will soon cost Minneapolis shoppers a nickel

The city passed what's being called its 'Bring Your Own Bag' ordinance.
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Minneapolis shoppers will pay 5 cents for a plastic or paper bag with their weekly shop starting next summer.

The Minneapolis City Council approved by a unanimous 10-0 vote Friday the nickel charge that will be imposed on disposable shopping bags, in an attempt to cut down on plastic and paper waste.

The ordinance requires the sign off by Mayor Jacob Frey, but he's expected to pass it, leading to the fee being imposed starting next summer.

Shops will be allowed to keep the fees imposed on shoppers, but there are some exemptions to the rule.

For example, restaurants and food trucks can still hand out bags for carryout orders, as can vendors at farmer's markets. There also won't be a fee for compostable bags.

Those who are participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) support programs won't be charged.

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The "Bring Your Own Bag" ordinance will see the city check that businesses are imposing the fee as part of its normal business inspections, while shoppers will be encourage to bring reusable bags with them when they head to the shops.

Its passage follows efforts to impose an outright ban on single-use plastic bags in Minneapolis and the introduction of a fee on paper and reusable bags, which was eventually blocked by the state legislature.

The city says the 5-cent fee will reduce litter on Minneapolis streets, and waste at city recycling facilities.

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