BROOKLYN - Elected officials joined together at City Hall to discuss legislation that would lessen the use of plastic bags throughout the city.

Councilman Brad Lander was joined by other officials and environmental advocates as they discussed a proposed bill that would require grocery and retail stores to charge its customers 10 cents for every plastic or paper bag used.

Supporters of the legislation say shoppers can buy reusable bags, which last forever and eliminate the need for other bags.

Groups that oppose the legislation, such as the American Progressive Bag Alliance, say American-made bags are 100 percent recyclable, and that taxing them would not reduce waste.