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Want to dodge the bag tax? Get free reusable bags today.

Don't want to fork over five cents for each bag at the store, starting Friday when the District's new bag tax starts in an effort to clean up the Anacostia River?

Get a bag.

Several stores are partnering with the city government and other entities to educate the public about the new law and the river, which is polluted with bags and other litter. At Giant's seven D.C. locations on Friday, store employees will place customers' groceries in reusable bags that they can take for free.

Here's a list of upcoming giveaways that was provided by the office of Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6).

CVS -- the pharmacy has partnered with the Department of the Environment to distribute 112,000 free reusable bags to District customers. CVS also has launched a Green Bag Tag initiative, providing a $1 coupon to CVS stores for every fourth visit customers make when they provide a reusable bag.

Giant -- customers will be provided a free Giant reusable grocery bag with every purchase during the first week of January --about 250,000 free reusable bags. Giant also has appointed a "Green Captain" for each of its DC store locations to make storewide environmental improvements. Giant will continue to provide a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag that customers provide.

Harris Teeter -- customers will be given a free Harris Teeter reusable bag when they use their VIC card and spend $20 or more in a single transaction. This offer will be valid during the month of January.

Safeway -- the grocery store is partnering with local nonprofit providers to distribute approximately 10,000 reusable bags.

Target -- the retailer has announced it will begin providing a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag that customers provide. In a pilot program for the discount, Target found a 58 percent reduction in its use of disposable plastic bags at participating stores.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 30, 2009; 11:07 AM ET
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