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Early, limited reports on bag tax

It's too soon to say how quickly District residents will adapt to bringing their own bags when they shop for food or booze. The city's new law charging a fee for plastic and paper bags at certain stores went into effect on New Years' Day.

But a small sampling from the first three days suggests many shoppers already have changed their habits. At the Harris Teeter food store in Columbia Heights, more customers brought their own bags -- 3,973 -- than were charged the 5-cent fee -- 3,021.

On Capitol Hill, the store counted 5,394 reusable bags and charged for 6,625 paper and plastic bags, according to numbers provided by the office of D. C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who sponsored the legislation.

The tax is intended to raise money to help clean up the Anacostia River and is one of the toughest such measures in the nation.

"If D.C. can make this happen, other jurisdictions around the country may follow suit," Wells said this morning at a press conference.

By Ann Marimow  |  January 4, 2010; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Wow. So there's a Harris Teeter in both Adams Morgan *and* Columbia Heights now?

Oh, and yay for the bag tax. Thanks, CM Wells, for leading the way on this.

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Posted by: iofferkicks391 | January 4, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

So the folks of Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights not to mention the people west of Rock Creek park are traveling across the city to dump their plastic bags in the Anacostia river! Who knew. Way to go District!

Posted by: Jimof1913 | January 4, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

So the folks of Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights not to mention the people west of Rock Creek park are traveling across the city to dump their plastic bags in the Anacostia river! Who knew. Way to go District!
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Posted by: bmp246 | January 4, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Another "tax" pot for this cities politicians to steal from. Let's hope MD and VA are more environmentally creative. As it stands, they have my grocery dollars. Shoppers and Harris Teeters in Potomac Yards now are my weekly grocers.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 5, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I understand the reasoning behind it but I'm curious if all the councilmembers and their staff shop at District grocery stores. Then they too can deal with the inconvenience of shlepping reusable bags to work because they plan to do their shopping on the way home. Are councilmembers and their families contributing to the greening of DC and the tax base?

Posted by: quilter1 | January 5, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

The Harris Teeter is in Adams Morgan, not Columbia Heights. It's a small matter of geography, but if you're going to cover local news, you should know your geography (and neighborhood boundaries).

Posted by: AdamsMorganChick | January 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

what AdamsMorganChick said. Columbia Heights = east of 16th Street

Posted by: awiseman1 | January 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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