DC Council votes for 5-cent disposable bag fee

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WASHINGTON — Paper or plastic? Either way, shoppers soon might have to pay a small fee in D.C., which is poised to join a small number of cities targeting the bags as a way to reduce trash.

WASHINGTON — Paper or plastic? Either way, shoppers soon might have to pay a small fee in D.C., which is poised to join a small number of cities targeting the bags as a way to reduce trash. The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to legislation requiring shoppers to pay 5 cents per disposable bag at grocery, drug, convenience and liquor stores. Shoppers can avoid the fee by bringing their own bags. The unanimous vote almost certainly assures the bill will win final passage later this month. If signed by the mayor, the fees would take effect in January. D.C. isn’t alone in targeting the bags. San Francisco has passed a plastic bag ban, and other jurisdictions are considering similar legislation. Most of the money raised by the fee would go toward cleaning the Anacostia River. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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