Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) The City Assembly banned stores from using disposable plastic bags and imposed a new 10 cent fee on paper bags.
The Anchorage Daily News reported the ban will take place next March. It applies to all retail business that includes grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants. Smaller plastic bags that are used to handle produce and meats will be exempt from the ban.
Retailers keep the proceeds from the paper bags. Businesses that do not charge could face a fine from the city.
Supporters said the move is good for the planet and will reduce litter Opponents said it would place more burdens on businesses and customers.