Shoppers to Pay Fee for Plastic Bags in Somers Point

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SOMERS POINT, N.J. -

Residents in one Jersey shore community will need to start paying for plastic bags.

Beginning on Monday, January 7th, Somers Point officials will begin implementing an ordinance they adopted over the summer that will impose a five-cent fee for each plastic bag taken at businesses such as food stores and retail chains in the community.

The ordinance was introduced back in June and passed in a six-to-one vote.

Officials say the goal of the fee is to deter residents from using plastic bags in an effort to help protect the area's beaches and wildlife.

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