As the Washington Post reported a couple of days ago, the District of Columbia is implementing a 5-cent fee for many shopping bags.

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Trash Begone: Cover Photo from the Anacostia Watershed Trash Reduction Plan

As they report,

The District’s user fee on plastic and paper bags at stores that sell food and/or alcohol went into effect New Year’s Day and is one of the toughest such measures in the country.

The district website gets into the details here, including the fact that

The majority of the proceeds from the carryout bag fee will go into the new Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Fund.