nickel power: plastic bag use plummets in nation\'s capital
Since the city began charging for the use of disposable paper bags and plastic bags in January, the use of disposable paper bags and plastic bags in the Colombian district has dropped by 86%. 1.
Customers who bring food or alcohol home in the store-
The bags provided now charge 5 cents per use.
These fees are used to clean up the funds of the city\'s anacastia River.
\"I\'m excited about these preliminary results,\" D said . \"C.
Council member Tommy Wells
According to a report by D. , less than 3 million disposable bags were sold in January 2010. C.
Tax and Tax Bureau.
This is down from the estimated 22.
Residents used and disposed of 5 million bags per month in previous months.
\"Not only do we reduce the number of disposable bags that come into our environment, but we also have new resources to help clean up and restore the anakastia River,\" said Wells . \".
According to the report, the city raised about $150,000 for the River clearing fund in January.
Postage is expected to increase by $10 million over four years.
The seemingly small extra cost at checkout sparked the entire city many call the \"green revolution\" because consumers adapted to a more eco-friendly approach.
The aisles at the checkout counter are lined with a variety of reusable bags ranging from cheap to designer fashion, and commuters are often seen carrying bags hidden under their arms, or stuffing them into their backpacks on their way to work and
Many retailers now offer points for customers with their own luggage.
For example, grocer Whole Foods provides a nickel for each bag that customers bring and has stopped using plastic bags.
While the bag tax law in the area is the first of its kind, other states and municipalities have imposed a direct ban on plastic bags or require retailers to collect them for recycling.
San Francisco, California.
Become the first AmericanS.
In 2007, plastic bags were banned in the city, followed by Auckland and Malibu.
In June 2009, the North Carolina state legislature banned the use of the drugs in external banks.
China banned plastic bags in January 2008, and Bangladesh banned them since 2002, which may be surprising because neither country is known for its progressive environmental policies.
Stephanie Barger, executive director of the Earth Resources Foundation, told ABC News that \"you think you got these bags for free . \".
But nothing is free in nature.
In 30 minutes of use, we ended up having to destroy the rain forest in Indonesia to get gas and deal with Middle East politics to get oil, and then, we still have the problem of waiting more than 100, wait for the luggage to break down.
But in many cities-
New York, Seattle, Philadelphia and Baltimore-
Voters rejected attempts to impose a ban or charge.
Critics of the measure say they add hundreds of dollars a year to household grocery bills, equivalent to taxes.
\"Consumers don\'t need to pay taxes to help protect the environment,\" said Shari Jackson, director of progressive bags affiliate . \".
\"Plastic bags do not belong to the road, they belong to the recycling station.
\"Some parts of the country are trying to find a middle ground between taxes and bans, choosing to force plastic bag recycling as the first step to\" go green.
\"Retailers in California, New York and Delaware currently require the distribution of plastic bags to provide recycling bins to collect old bags in their stores.
Chicago and Madison.
There are similar laws.
About 89 billion plastic bags, sacks and wrapping paper are used in the United States every year. S.
According to the American Chemical Commission
In 2007, 0. 83 billion of these materials were recovered, an increase of about 25% over 2005.
Russell Goldman of ABC News contributed to the report.