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Monday, July 28, 2008 - Page updated at 04:35 PM

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Seattle City Council approves shopping bag fee

The Seattle City Council has approved a 20-cent bag charge on disposable paper or plastic shopping bags provided at convenience, drug and grocery stores.

SEATTLE —

The Seattle City Council has approved a 20-cent bag charge on disposable paper or plastic shopping bags provided at convenience, drug and grocery stores.

The proposal was passed by a vote of 6-1 on Monday. Councilwoman Jan Drago cast the lone dissenting vote.

City officials estimate Seattle citizens use 360 million paper or plastic bags each year.

By a vote of 7-0, the council also approved a ban on certain styrofoam containers.

The bag fee is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2009, with the styrofoam ban starting in January 2010.

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