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Old 01-02-2010, 04:23 PM
 
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My guess is that the sort of people who toss plastic bags aside in the street, where they eventually end up in the Anacostia River, are not going to start hauling reusable bags to the store to save 5 cents. The people who most need to change their behavior will not be sufficiently motivated by a nickel bag tax.

Not to mention that not everyone is in the position to keep a half dozen reusable bags stowed in their car at all times. And to remember to bring them into the store. And to put them back into the car after they've been unloaded at home.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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They ought to call it a "bag deposit" rather than a "bag tax". Give people the option to bring the bags back...either for re-use or to get the 5 cents back.

They used to do this with pop bottles back in the olden days. I bought several bicycles with money I made collecting pop bottles and returning them to the Super Giant for 2 cents each. Plus, plastic grocery bags would be much easier to deal with than those dirty old bottles were!

But everything is different nowadays....would modern-day kids pick up bags that are blowing down the street to make money? Nahhh....probably not.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:21 AM
 
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This NOT something that Va (or DC) needs. To reiterate some previous points...how much of the tax revenue will go toward the Anocoasta? The fact is that the (cities, states, Feds, etc.) taxes that we pay mostly go to waste. It would be much more beneficial for everyone if DC just asked for donations to clean up the Anacostia, or they can start enforcing the litter laws.
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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I'm totally opposed to having a tax like this. It's not going to make a bit of difference as far as plastic bags in the street or how clean the river is.
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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My guess is that the sort of people who toss plastic bags aside in the street, where they eventually end up in the Anacostia River, are not going to start hauling reusable bags to the store to save 5 cents. The people who most need to change their behavior will not be sufficiently motivated by a nickel bag tax.
Exactly.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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I do most of my grocery shopping at Costco so even if that tax makes it across the river it won't bother me too much. Costco uses boxes not bags.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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Costco uses nothing, but makes discarded boxes available to those that want them.
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:53 PM
 
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Costco uses nothing, but makes discarded boxes available to those that want them.
Semantics aside, I won't have to worry about a "bag tax" when I shop at Costco.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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I guess if I was charged .05 for every bag, I may actually remember my shopping bags!

Also, per an earlier post: people with food stamps (I wont generalize...some people with food stamps) also buy soda and cookies and twinkies and junk like that. If they can afford a $2.50 bottle of Coke, I think they can pay .05 for a bag.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I just heard a brief mention on the news that VA is thinking of starting a bag tax here. Only instead of a nickel tax, ours will be 20 cents per bag.
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