Some City Council members are pushing for legislation that would charge consumers for not reusing plastic grocery bags.
The bill would charge at least 10 cents for every new plastic or paper bag consumers get at grocery and retail stores.
Consumers could get around the charge by bringing their own.
People NY1 spoke with say they understand it's for the environment, but they just can't afford it.
"People now have trouble just paying for the groceries and the food, so I think adding the plastic bag would just make things even worse," said one person.
"It's not fair," said another. "If you buy groceries here, I feel like they should accommodate you for the bags."
Under the bill, the money wouldn't go to the city. The store would get to keep it to cover the cost of the bags.