SEATTLE -- The city's five cent bag fee is here to stay.

The surcharge was a political battle five years ago when the city agreed allow stores to tax customers a nickel for a paper bag. It was thought, at the time, it could be a good way to encourage the use of reusable bags. The city says it worked and has cut plastic bag use by 50% since 2012.

That's why legislation was drafted to eliminate the 'temporary fee,' which was set to retire at the end of 2016.

In fact, there was hardly a peep when council member Lisa Herbold approved the ordinance in her committee, and by herself, at a meeting last month.

The council approved the ordinance unanimously Monday after no issues were raised.

The legislation includes language banning colored plastic bags, which are not compostable.