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Plastic Packaging: 5 cent bag fee introduced in district of Columbia

As of January 2010, the district of Columbia has joined the growing list of US cities and states with legislation to ban or restrict the use of plastic bags. From 1 January 2010 onward, all businesses in the district of Columbia that sell food or alcohol must charge their customers five cents for every disposable paper or plastic bag handed out at the counter.

Most of the campaign's revenues will go into the "Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Fund”, with the businesses themselves keeping 1 cent of the proceeds. If the business offers its customers credit for bringing their own bag, it can keep a total of 2 cents. The remaining 3-4 cents will go to the fund to pay for reusable bags for district residents, launch education campaigns about litter and clean the river.

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