Did D.C.'s Bag Tax Work? Did D.C.'s Bag Tax Work?
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Did D.C.'s Bag Tax Work?

by Andrew Price

April 2, 2010
Yes, it did.
The District's 5-cent bag tax generated about $150,000 during January to help clean up the Anacostia River, even though residents have dramatically scaled back their use of disposable bags, according to a report city officials issued Monday.In its first assessment of how the new law is working, the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue estimated that food and grocery establishments gave out about 3 million bags in January. Before the bag tax took effect Jan. 1, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer had said that about 22.5 million bags were being issued each month in 2009.
That's an 82 percent reduction in the number of plastic bags and $150,000 for the city. Hopefully this'll encourage Santa Barbara and other wavering cities.Image: Plastic Bags Blow!, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from katerha's photostream
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Did D.C.'s Bag Tax Work?