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D.C. Distributes Free Re-Usable Bags

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The Anacostia River in Northeast D.C.
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The Anacostia River in Northeast D.C.

The District is handing out more than a hundred thousand re-usable bags... a few weeks before residents have to pay for most plastic and paper ones.

When the so-called "bag bill" becomes law on Jan. 1st, shoppers will be have to pay a five-cent fee for every bag they use at shops and stores. Until then, the city says it will distribute free re-usable bags to seniors and low-income residents.

D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells says the goal of the legislation is to reduce plastic bag trash in the Anacostia River. He expects the city to raise between three and four million dollars in fees. Most of that money will go to cleaning up the river.

Patrick Madden reports...

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