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DC Plastic bag tax cuts monthly usage by 19 million

Washington, D.C.’s Department of the Environment instituted one of the nation’s first bag taxes in January, charging 5 cents for each paper or plastic bag issued in bakeries, delis, grocery stores, drug stores, department stores and convenience stores.  The result has been a dramatic drop in the number of plastic bags distributed:  from a 2009 monthly average of 22.5 million bags to just 3 million in January.  The regulation has dramatically reduced the contribution of plastic bags to landfills, and the revenue generated from the tax ($150,000 in January alone) will be used to clean up the Anacostia River.

Mayor Bloomberg developed a similar proposal for New York City’s plastic bags, but it has languished under City Council opposition.

(via Treehugger)

April 2, 2010 - Posted by | FKP | ,

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