By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Attention shoppers, BYOB returns to Minneapolis next week. That is — bring your own bag.

Starting Oct. 1, stores in the state’s largest city will charge customers 5 cents for each bag they use, no matter if the bags are paper or plastic. Shoppers can avoid the fees by using reusable bags.

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The city says the change will be better for the environment. Officials also hope the policy will result in a drop in litter and fewer clogs at recycling plants.

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The bag fee was put on hold in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when there were concerns the virus could spread on surfaces.

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