Being non-green (we need a color description for non-environmentally conscious people, by the way) just got a bit pricier. Yesterday, the City Council gave final approval to a measure that imposes a 5-cent fee on disposable bags. The new law is designed to encourage the purchase of reusable bags, which will hopefully cut down on pollution in the Anacostia river. Revenue from the new tax will go towards environmental clean up and public, anti-littering campaigns.
This will be one of those rare laws that will have an immediate, and frankly annoying impact on daily life. Think about it: how often do you get plastic bags and not even notice? Obviously, there’s the grocery store, but what about take-out for lunch, or grabbing a snack from the corner store? And then there’s the practical application of plastic bags in non-traditional ways. Pet waste clean up, anyone? It’s not that I don’t support the idea, I think it’s great. It’s just that it’s going to effect us in ways we didn’t necessarily think about. Fortunately, we’ll survive.