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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 06/02/2009

Council Okays Five-Cent Tax on Paper, Plastic Shopping Bags

The D.C. Council voted unanimously today to assess a 5-cent tax on paper and plastic bags to try to discourage their use, putting the District at the forefront of efforts nationwide to promote reusable shopping bags.

The proposal, which must be voted on again later this month before it becomes law, is designed to limit pollution into the Anacostia River and its tributaries. A recent environmental study shows that nearly 50 percent of the trash in the river's tributaries comes from plastic bags.

The tax would apply to grocery stores, pharmacies and other food-service providers.

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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  03:11 PM ET, 06/02/2009

Categories:  D.C. Council

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