NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans city councilwomen say one way to help clean up the city is to make shoppers pay at least 10 cents for plastic bags and 5 cents for some paper bags.

The New Orleans Advocate reports ( ) that Susan Guidry and LaToya Cantrell have introduced an ordinance to require retailers to charge customers for single-use shopping bags.

They say that would encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags.

The businesses would keep the money.

Guidry says in a statement that single-use bags produce a significant amount of waste and are easily replaced with affordable, reusable bags.

Fully recyclable paper bags that include at least 40 percent recycled material would be exempt.

Shoppers on public assistance would not have to pay the fees.

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