There is No Free Bag
Retailers usually pay 2 to 5 cents per bag. This adds up–day after day, year after year. Bag use estimates by the Anacostia Watershed Society figures the average Mayrlander gets 750 bags a year, at an estimated cost of $15 to $37.50 a year. This cost is passed on to consumers through higher prices on other items, making it a “hidden” cost.
Bag fees, such as the one in force in Washington DC, are pro consumer because they expose the hidden cost and allows the customer to avoid it. Unlike a tax, the bag fee can be avoided. As Trash Free Maryland notes: “if you don’t want to pay the bag fee, you never have to!” We agree!
See www.anacostiaws.org (http://www/anacostiaws.org/news/blog/aws-action-alert-ask-legislators-pass-md-bag-bill-out-committe) and the Baltimore B’More Green blog (http://weblogs.baltimoersun.com/feature/green/2011/03/carryout_bag_fees_eyed_in_mont.html)