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City-Wide Plastic Bag Usage Down; Is the Anacostia River Bag Tax the Reason? | Community Spirit

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City-Wide Plastic Bag Usage Down; Is the Anacostia River Bag Tax the Reason?

The "Save the Anacostia River" Bag Tax might actually be working.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that plastic bag usage is down all over the District by about 60%, which seems to be a direct result of the city charging customers five cents per bag. 

Here is an excerpt from the WSJ report, which can viewed on the Wall Street Journal's website:

"A staff member for the councilman who sponsored the bill, Democrat Tommy Wells, said an informal survey of corporate headquarters for grocery stores and pharmacies with dozens of locations in the city estimated a reduction of 60% or more in the number of bags handed out.  The five-cent levy goes to a fund to clean up Washington's Anacostia River. Through the end of July, the city collected more than $1.1 million from the bag fee and small donations. At that rate, receipts are likely to fall short of the expected $3.6 million in the first year. Some city officials say that suggests more people than expected are bringing their own bags to stores."

What do you think about the results?  Are you still using plastic bags despite the tax?

Let us know!