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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Starting in six months, a new city law in Santa Fe will ban the distribution of plastic carry-out bags intended for one use.
The ordinance approved by the City Council on a 7-1 vote Tuesday evening also establishes a 10-cent fee for paper carry-out grocery bags.
The city plans to give away 10,000 reusable cloth bags to prepare people for the change.
Supporters of the ban cited environmental benefits, including reduced waste going into landfills.
Councilor Ron Trujillo cast the only dissenting vote, saying that the plastic bag ban should include the thicker ones used by upscale shops.
Other councilors said they agreed but wanted to start with the ban approved Monday night.