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!

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