DENVER (CBS4)– Shoppers in Denver may soon pay 10 cents for plastic or paper bags at retail stores. The Denver City Council unanimously passed the first proposed ordinance Tuesday night.

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People in Denver use up to 250 million bags per year and only up to 5% are recycled. The rest end up in the waste system.

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If passed, shoppers will have to pay 10 cents for most paper and plastic bags in stores.

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Breckenridge passed a similar ordinance six years ago.

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