Skip to comments.D.C. First to Impose Fee to Use Disposable Plastic, Paper Bags
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.
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I just burn mine.
Please, SOMEBODY Please remind me who demanded we save the trees, and use plastic bags?
Gee, my reusable plastic bag barely made it home!
Betcha the money goes into the general treasury and not into cleaning up the river.
If you don’t have any plastic shopping bags,,what do you use for picking up dog poo?
***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.
They are starting that in Los Angeles very soon
do you make zilches out of them first?
The completely banned plastic bags in wacky San Francisco.
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.
That’ll cost ya extra.
The Fairbanks AJ City Council passed the same ordinance. It lasted a week. Citizen outrage ...
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...
Make that Fairbanks AK... (it’s getting late)
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.
Make that Fairbanks AK... (it’s getting late)
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???
They ask me at checkout: “Paper or plastic?”
I always reply: “Plastic, it burns better.”
The looks I get are just amazing!
I bet. Everyone knows paper burns better. sheesh.
Just wait until they ban the canvass and cloth ones. It won’t make any sense then either.
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.
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.
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?
>If you dont have any plastic shopping bags,,what do you use for picking up dog poo?
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.
How about a fee if you don’t use cloth diapers? Pretty much the same argument.
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?
Those bags will probably going soon as well.
They just won’t be happy until every last freedom is stripped.
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.
Let them go back to using paper bags. Paper bags are not only recyclable, they are made of recycled paper.