The Seattle City Council, according to The Seattle Times, has approved a 20-cent bag charge on disposable paper or plastic shopping bags provided at convenience, drug and grocery stores.
City officials estimate, according to the article in The Times, that Seattle citizens use 360 million paper or plastic bags each year.
The council also approved a two-part ban on certain Styrofoam containers, according to the newspaper.
The bag fee and a ban on foam containers for food from takeout restaurants will take effect in January, The Seattle Times reports. And, a ban on foam trays used for raw meat and seafood at grocery stores will take effect in 2010.