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Minneapolis' enforcement of shopping bag fee to resume Oct. 1

Customers will pay 5 cents for each bag provided by a store


September 23, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

8th Street Market employee Jason Barto bagged a bottle of ketchup for Ben Fedor, of Northeast, during checkout Wednesday afternoon.

Customers in Minneapolis will need to bring their own bags or start paying a nickel for each bag they get from a retailer as the city resumes a shopping bag fee starting Oct. 1.

Minneapolis enacted an ordinance in January 2020 requiring customers to pay five cents for any single-use plastic, compostable, paper and reusable bags provided by stores, but delayed enforcement of the practice two months later with the onset of the pandemic over concerns the coronavirus could spread on surfaces and objects.

"The City did not want to place retailers in the position where they need to prioritize compliance over public health," said city spokeswoman Sarah McKenzie.


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