air max trainers SHOPPERS LEFT HOLDING THE BAG

SHOPPERS LEFT HOLDING THE BAG

Mayor Bloomberg has proposed slapping shoppers with a 5 cent surcharge for each plastic bag they get at stores a move that left consumers sharply divided yesterday.

they going to start taxing everything now, moaned Dora Capers, 47, of Brooklyn. air max trainers

In a move intended to help the environment and the Big Apple as it faces a $4 billion deficit over the next two years, Bloomberg has recommended that the city impose a nickel surcharge for plastic bags.

Although the details of the plan are still being worked out, the surcharge could rake in upwards of $16 million money that the Sanitation Department could use to offset the cost of collecting and disposing of plastic bags currently not recycled.

The plan which may need approval from the state Legislature if it determined to be a tax may includ air max trainers e charging shoppers 6 cents, with a penny going to stores as incentive for collecting the new tax. air max trainers

Erica Freilich, 42, who lives in Livingston, NJ, and shops in the city, panned the plan.

think that in this economy, people are thinking of every nickel and dime, she said. know I am.

While some customers were happy to pay more if it meant reducing the use of plastic bags, store owners thought the pla air max trainers n might hurt them in tough times.

may work at the bigger stores, but it won work for bodegas, said Joe Alhalmi, a Harlem bodega owner who says he hands out 3,600 plastic bags each week. want free bags all the time.

The environmental group Earth First! estimates that each American uses 365 bags a year or one a day.

Ireland passed a tax on plastic bags in 2002, with customers forced to pay the equivalent of 33 cents for each bag. Within weeks, plastic bag use reportedly dropped a staggering 94 percent and is virtually nonexistent these days.