By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Bring your own bag to the store, or pay a two-cent fee for each plastic one you get. That’s the idea of one Pennsylvania lawmaker.

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State senator Daylin Leach says there are too many plastic bags in landfills. The Montgomery County Democrat is introducing legislation to establish a two-cent fee on each bag given to shoppers.

“When you use a plastic bag to run an errand, the errand usually takes about 30 minutes. The plastic bag can last for about 5,000 years,” he said.

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Leach says one cent from the fee would fund state recycling programs and the other penny would go to the retailer:

“Not everything we do has to be about our momentary convenience. Every once in a while we have to think big picture and look at how things affect the world around us.”

But the bill faces a dim future. A spokesman for the senate majority leader says there are no plans to consider it.

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