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D.C. First to Impose Fee to Use Disposable Plastic, Paper Bags
ABC ^ | January 1, 2010 | DEVIN DWYER

Posted on 01/03/2010 9:44:15 PM PST by FromLori

Starting today, the District of Columbia becomes the first major city in the nation to impose a surcharge on disposable paper and plastic bags commonly used at grocery and retail stores everywhere.

Customers who tote their food or liquor purchases home in the ubiquitous bags will now be required to pay 5 cents for each one they use. The fees will go to a fund for cleaning up the city's Anacostia River.

"I signed this law in July to cut down on the disposable bags that foul our waterways," D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said last month. "We want everyone to know that you can save the river, and 5 cents, if you bring your own reusable bag to the store instead."

Many retailers are expected to offer a credit to customers who bring their own bags. Grocer Whole Foods, for example, already gives shoppers a nickel for each bag they bring in and has discontinued use of plastic bags.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: plasticbags; taxes

1 posted on 01/03/2010 9:44:16 PM PST by FromLori
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To: FromLori

I just burn mine.


2 posted on 01/03/2010 9:45:59 PM PST by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: FromLori

Please, SOMEBODY Please remind me who demanded we save the trees, and use plastic bags?


3 posted on 01/03/2010 9:46:39 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: FromLori

Gee, my reusable plastic bag barely made it home!


4 posted on 01/03/2010 9:47:03 PM PST by GregoryFul
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To: FromLori

Betcha the money goes into the general treasury and not into cleaning up the river.


5 posted on 01/03/2010 9:47:38 PM PST by BAW (I'm right.)
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To: GregoryFul

If you don’t have any plastic shopping bags,,what do you use for picking up dog poo?


6 posted on 01/03/2010 9:48:02 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: FromLori

***The fees will go to a fund for cleaning up the city’s Anacostia River.***

Lets check back in 1, 3, 5 years and I will bet that if any monies went to this project to clean up River it would be less than 5%.

Another government slush fund has been created.


7 posted on 01/03/2010 9:50:14 PM PST by VicVega (2010 Let only Real Conservatives win. Say good night John McCain.)
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To: FromLori

They are starting that in Los Angeles very soon


8 posted on 01/03/2010 9:50:22 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: tired1

do you make zilches out of them first?


9 posted on 01/03/2010 9:51:48 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: FromLori

The completely banned plastic bags in wacky San Francisco.


10 posted on 01/03/2010 9:53:12 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: Oldexpat
If you don’t have any plastic shopping bags,,what do you use for picking up dog poo

The Idiots that supported and passed this don't care. They just let their dog crap in my yard so I have to clean it up.

11 posted on 01/03/2010 9:55:29 PM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: tired1

That’ll cost ya extra.


12 posted on 01/03/2010 9:58:13 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Veni, Vidi, Vicki: "I came, I saw, and I'm like, Omigod!")
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To: sonofstrangelove

The Fairbanks AJ City Council passed the same ordinance. It lasted a week. Citizen outrage ...


13 posted on 01/03/2010 9:59:08 PM PST by ArmyTeach
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To: rockinqsranch

YES!! They FORCED us into those USELESS plastic baggie-thingys and NOW they’re OUTLAWING them?!?!

Fine. But to impose a fee for PAPER bags????? They MELT when they get wet!

This is just another MONEY-CONFISCATION scam. We are being robbed yet again...


14 posted on 01/03/2010 10:00:10 PM PST by joethedrummer
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To: FromLori
I wonder if I could just put the shopping buggy in the back of the van, and skip the bagging process all togeather. I will bring the buggy back, and most likely in better shape.
15 posted on 01/03/2010 10:00:16 PM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: ArmyTeach

Make that Fairbanks AK... (it’s getting late)


16 posted on 01/03/2010 10:00:17 PM PST by ArmyTeach
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To: ArmyTeach

Maybe we should all stop shopping.

In the state this country is in now, this is the last thing they should be doing...charging people more to eat.


17 posted on 01/03/2010 10:01:06 PM PST by New Yawk Minute
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To: ArmyTeach

Make that Fairbanks AK... (it’s getting late)


18 posted on 01/03/2010 10:01:27 PM PST by ArmyTeach
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To: FromLori

I swear I’m gonna haul a wheel-barrow to the grocery store when this his my town. I’ll haul that thing all around the store causing as much a nuisance as I can.

I will NOT pay a fee for grocery bags.

Where does it end? How long before EVERY OTHER type of store or service start charging us for the bags when we purchase merchandise? Hmmmmmmm???


19 posted on 01/03/2010 10:02:32 PM PST by joethedrummer
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To: mamelukesabre

They ask me at checkout: “Paper or plastic?”
I always reply: “Plastic, it burns better.”
The looks I get are just amazing!


20 posted on 01/03/2010 10:02:36 PM PST by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: tired1

I bet. Everyone knows paper burns better. sheesh.


21 posted on 01/03/2010 10:03:53 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Veni, Vidi, Vicki: "I came, I saw, and I'm like, Omigod!")
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To: tired1

Just wait until they ban the canvass and cloth ones. It won’t make any sense then either.


22 posted on 01/03/2010 10:04:54 PM PST by Inclines to the Right (http://www.fightfoca.com/ www.jillstanek.com)
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To: Inclines to the Right

Transport raw meat in a canvas bag a few times and you won’t want to know what kind of funk is living in there.


23 posted on 01/03/2010 10:07:09 PM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Oldexpat; Al

What do you use for...dog poo?”

Use the bag your delivery newspaper comes in or the fruit and vegetable bags you use to buy apples and oranges, etc. There is no charge for using them, just the ones for final packing at the checkout stand.


24 posted on 01/03/2010 10:09:24 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin
That gives me another great idea, (insomnia is a bad thing) why not have the checker just put all my groceries in the “fruit and veggie” bags, What a pain in the butt that would be for the stores.
25 posted on 01/03/2010 10:13:08 PM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Oldexpat

I think our slave masters in government expect you to pick it up with your hand and stick it in your pocket....Is there anyone on earth dumber than our government?


26 posted on 01/03/2010 10:17:32 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Oldexpat

>If you don’t have any plastic shopping bags,,what do you use for picking up dog poo?

Politicians’ hands.


27 posted on 01/03/2010 10:34:12 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: FromLori
If it's to save the use of oil, remember that the part of the oil we use for plastic production is not the part we use for fuel. Crude oil and natural gas are refined into ethane, propane, hundreds of other petrochemical products and, of course, fuel for your car. Ethane and propane are “cracked” into ethylene and propylene, using high-temperature furnaces. It is ethylene and propylene that are made into plastics. About 4% of all the crude oil we use is used for plastics.

Plastic bags are made out of polyethylene. Polyethylene is made from ethylene. In the United States, ethylene is made of ethane which is extracted from natural gas. If any is made from oil it is a very small component of crude oil. Actually 80% of the Polyethylene made in the US comes from natural gas.

28 posted on 01/03/2010 10:44:24 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Marxism.)
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To: FromLori

How about a fee if you don’t use cloth diapers? Pretty much the same argument.


29 posted on 01/03/2010 10:50:17 PM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: DYngbld

Ugh!!

I am hoping that NV holds out for awhile. I don’t use the canvas or cloth. I’ll probably have to find a way to carry things on my head eventually. Maybe that’s their final goal?


30 posted on 01/03/2010 10:54:28 PM PST by Inclines to the Right (http://www.fightfoca.com/ www.jillstanek.com)
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To: FromLori; kingattax
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Sure. You come up with a cheap solution to curb Pelosi-Flu symptoms, and they tack on a surcharge.

31 posted on 01/03/2010 10:58:49 PM PST by taraytarah (Our Constitution must be defended and protected from all domestic enemies.)
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To: DYngbld

Those bags will probably going soon as well.

They just won’t be happy until every last freedom is stripped.


32 posted on 01/03/2010 10:59:24 PM PST by Inclines to the Right (www.maafa21.com www.jillstanek.com)
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To: FromLori

I recycle plastic bottles and bags. When I change the oil on my car, I put the old oil in a plastic milk bottle then put the plastic milk bottle in a plastic bag then put them both in the trash.


33 posted on 01/03/2010 11:19:41 PM PST by skimask
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To: FromLori

Let them go back to using paper bags. Paper bags are not only recyclable, they are made of recycled paper.


34 posted on 01/03/2010 11:51:47 PM PST by Eva (Obama bin Lyin)
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