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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 09/27/2010

D.C. bag tax revenue lower than expected

By Washington Post editors

The District’s tax on plastic bags is bringing in about half of what analysts had predicted -- but those responsible for spending that revenue say it's a good thing, the Washington Examiner reports.

“It's a trade-off,” said Christophe A.G. Tolou, director of the D.C. Department of the Environment. “What we want to see ultimately is a very small revenue and very large numbers of [reusable] bags being used.”

Tolou said that through August, the 5-cent fee per bag charged at stores in the city had generated about $1.5 million in revenue through August. The tax went into effect Jan. 1.

To read more about why bag tax revenues are lower than expected, check out the Washington Examiner.

By Washington Post editors  | September 27, 2010; 11:04 AM ET
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Comments

It was a scam from the beginning and the only one's benefiting from it are the mom and pop stores who are pocketing extra nickels on every transaction.

Posted by: PepperDr | September 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It was a scam from the beginning and the only one's benefiting from it are the mom and pop stores who are pocketing extra nickels on every transaction.

Posted by: PepperDr | September 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It's like this ... the majority of bag are not even the ones at convenience stores! There is no bag tax for hugeass bags that come from dry cleaners, clothing stores, and flea markets!

Come off it, people.

Posted by: bs2004 | September 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

DC residents carry BAGS do not fall for this scam!!! Watch how fast this MONEY Hungry Koreans bang up that extra fee, when they are all ready over charging us!!!!

CARRY your BAGS, don't give them another dime, after all most will not let you go for 10 cent and will hound you like a DOG...

PPL wise up!!

Posted by: shadon1 | September 27, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

DC residents carry BAGS do not fall for this scam!!! Watch how fast this MONEY Hungry Koreans bang up that extra fee, when they are all ready over charging us!!!!

CARRY your BAGS, don't give them another dime, after all most will not let you go for 10 cent and will hound you like a DOG...

PPL wise up!!

Posted by: shadon1 | September 27, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

It was a dumb idea i the first place.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | September 27, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

@bs2004: You must not shop much because Macy's and the like are benefiting big time off of this bag tax. You cannot get a paper shopping bag from the retailer ... all of their bags are conveniently now plastic. I don't know what is going to happen during Christmas when you need a giant paper shopping bag to carry all of your $0.5 bags. I guess they will charge a $1 for that -- Gangsters and Hustlers is all that they are!

Posted by: gordonj1 | September 27, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Some people (like me) refuse to pay the tax & skip buying lunch & groceries in DC.

Posted by: loved1 | September 27, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Some people (like me) refuse to pay the tax & skip buying lunch & groceries in DC.

Posted by: loved1 | September 27, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree with loved1, i have started carrying a bag in my purse..DC will do anything to get a buck....

Posted by: shadon1 | September 27, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Loved1 - go back to va or md then. Its a smart idea and should be a nationwide tax

Posted by: rg14 | September 27, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Loved1 - go back to va or md then. Its a smart idea and should be a nationwide tax

Posted by: rg14 | September 27, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone claim this to be a bad idea. The goal was to reduce the number of plastic bags used with revenue being a secondary concern. Clearly, since revenue is lower than expected, less plastic bags are being used - which is a good thing.

Posted by: egalite522 | September 27, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Big problem why don't retailers credit you 5 cents per bags when you bring your bags, especially the Korean Stores. What's with Subway they charge you 5 cents for a subway bag that should be complimentary, order a sloppy meatball sub. Sauce runs all through the paper wrapper and I am not talking about a big bag. That's fine to charge 5 cents, what is this world coming too!

Posted by: drfields | September 28, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Big problem why don't retailers credit you 5 cents per bags when you bring your bags, especially the Korean Stores. What's with Subway they charge you 5 cents for a subway bag that should be complimentary, order a sloppy meatball sub. Sauce runs all through the paper wrapper and I am not talking about a big bag. That's fine to charge 5 cents, what is this world coming too!

Posted by: drfields | September 28, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Another Liberal do good social program falling apart. How long before they propose to make it 10 cents to make up for the shortfall? I now do all my shopping in VA rather than DC. Expect sales revenue in DC to also be down this year! Short sided liberal retards...you get for what you vote for.

Posted by: espnfan | October 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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