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On Sept. 15, the Anchorage will be the latest community in Alaska to ban single-use bags that merchants have used for decades to help shoppers move their purchases from the checkout stand to their homes.
The Anchorage bag ban was passed by the Anchorage Assembly last year, but implementation was delayed over the concern for for businesses with a large inventory of bags.
Sellers may provide non-plasticbags, such as paper, but must charge a minimum of $0.10 per bag. This is intended to change behavior and encourage more people bring their canvas, woven and other multi-use bags to the grocery store with them.