We’re visiting Washington D.C. and today at the Food Court in the Ronald Regan Building (a wonderful find by the way). I saw the following sign:
I have seen a variety of efforts to ban plastic bags, but I was not aware that DC had passed this law in 2009. I mentioned it to the man working the cash register at the Chinese Food counter and he indicated that he really liked the law. I asked him if he had seen a difference? “Oh yes, people used to take bags all the time, sometimes they’d just carry the food to the table and then throw away the bag. They wouldn’t even use it for 5 whole minutes, then it would be in the trash can.” He indicated that now people don’t take bags very often, only when they need them.
I think it is fascinating that they found that charging for plastic bags has reduced the mess, reduced the amount of plastic bags used and seems to be making this particular storekeeper happy.
To learn more about the program you can go to http://green.dc.gov/bags
Would you support a law banning plastic bags or charging for them in your community?
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