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Skip the Bag – Save The River: The 5-Cent Bag Law is Making a Difference in DC

Enacted in January 2010, the DC Bag Law has changed District residents’ behavior toward plastic bags. Since the inception of the Law, 80% of District residents are using fewer plastic and paper bags; and stream cleanup groups report a 60% decrease in bag litter.

Revenue from the five-cent bag fee is deposited into The Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Fund that helps to implement watershed education programs, stream restoration, trash capture projects and to purchase and distribute reusable bags. From 2011 to 2013, bags fees funded 1,684 green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens, native plantings, and permeable pavement installations to help reduce stormwater runoff from District homes. As of September 2013, the Bag Law has raised over $7.4 million in bag fees. The fund is managed by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). For more information, visit: ddoe.dc.gov/bags