Reusable bags distributed to educate D.C. about new bag fee

By Nikita Stewart
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 16, 2009; 5:41 PM

The District will give away 122,000 reusable bags to seniors and low-income residents in its campaign to educate the public about the city's new 5-cent bag fee.

Starting Jan. 1, businesses selling food and alcohol will charge five cents for disposable plastic or paper bags. That money will go to the newly created Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Fund, which will be used to remove trash from the river.

Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) sponsored the legislation, which is the first in the country to apply to both plastic and paper bags. He joined Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) Monday in launching the campaign, called "Skip the Bag, Save the River."

CVS and Safeway are also partnering with the city with special deals and bag giveaways.

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