Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Plastic Bags Used in DC Drops From 22 Million to 3 Million a Month

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> This is very good news!

Straight to the Source
By Brian Merchant
March 31, 2010

The Most Effective Tax Ever?
Washington DC's 5 cent tax on plastic bags, instated just this past January, has already proven to have a phenomenal impact: the number of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets and other establishments dropped from the 2009 monthly average of 22.5 million to just 3 million in January. While significantly reducing plastic waste, the tax simultaneously generated $150,000 in revenue, which will be used to clean up the Anacostia River.

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