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Choosing not to bring a reusable bag to the grocery store might cost you in the near future. Lawmakers in Connecticut have proposed a bill that would charge 5 cents for plastic or paper bag use, with a hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Plastic bags are already taxed in D.C., and Oregon has similar legislation in the works.
The 5-cent fee proposed by Connecticut lawmakers would be used for municipal recycling efforts, reports the Associated Press, but it also serves as a deterrent. Now that resuable totes are easy to come by (most grocery stores have them for sale), environmentalists want plastics done away with.
California, which often leads the country when it comes to earth-friendly initiatives, attempted a total ban on plastic bags last year but the state's senate ultimately voted down the bill, saying it conflicted with freedom of choice. Washington, D.C. didn't see it that way: The district's 5-cent fee went into effect last January. Similar proposals in Virginia and Maryland have been unsuccessful, but proponants vow to reintroduce them next year, reports the Washington Post. Oregon, too, is considering a ban.
Individual cities, such as San Francisco and San Jose, have been successful in outlawing plastic bags, and some stores, including Whole Foods Market, have decided to eliminate them on their own. Many consumers have already made the shift, but for those who haven't, would a fee turn you into a tote-bearer?