If the proposed 10-cent per bag charge on grocery bags is to encourage recycling, why are paper bags which are recycled presently included? Trader Joes has been using paper bags which are marked recyclable/reusable.
This charge seems to be just another scheme to take more money from the citizens of New York. Even in California, plastic has been replaced with paper. Growing up in the Bronx I used to bag groceries after school. The contents of five plastic bags fits into one paper bag. Ban plastic — keep paper and charge nothing!