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14 July 2009 @ 12:18 pm
In DC, Paper And Plastic Will Cost You  

Sweet! I wonder if places like Whole Foods and Giant are still going to give you the 5cents for bringing your own bags.
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Mayor Fenty has signed a bill that will charge people five cents for every disposable paper or plastic bag they use at District businesses. The bill was unanimously passed by the DC Council in June.

Customers in the District will begin to see the charge on January 1, 2010. Some items including newspapers, plants, produce, and prescriptions are exempt from the charge.

Money raised by the surcharge will be used to fund the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Fund. The DC government will use the money to educate citizens about trash disposal, provide reusable bags to residents, and clean the Anacostia. The DC government and Department of the Environment will begin the education and bag distribution campaign this fall.

The law also requires disposable bags still used in stores to be recyclable and have a pro-recycling label printed on them.

D.C. Council gives final approval to bag tax bill - wtop.com

why.i.hate.dc: DC Council Approves 'Bag Tax' Wow. This blogger should probably move away from DC if they are making an effort to blog about how much they hate it.

D.C. Council approves plastic bag tax - Washington Times

Renewable Energy Turns Me On: Progress Report on the DC Bag Tax