: News

Filed Under:

Many Shoppers Forget About The Five Cent Bag Fee

Play associated audio

By Kavitha Cardoza

Some shoppers and store owners in D.C. need reminding about the new five cent fee charged for every paper and plastic carryout bag at registers.

Jim Jones and his children are getting ready to enter Best Buy in Northwest D.C. to use their gift certificates on Wii games. Did they bring reusable bags?

"No," says Jones. "I should have brought some bags. I just forgot. We do it for grocery shopping but we haven't been doing it for other kinds of shopping so I would like to do more of it."

It's going to take a little practice for store owners too. While many remembered to tell customers about it, some forgot to add a nickel onto the bill and some charged just five cents regardless of how many bags were used.

Stores in the district are distributing thousands of free reusable bags.

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Capitol Hill Lawmakers Find Living At The Office Makes Sense, Saves Cents

Three office buildings on the House side of the U.S. Capitol serve as offices, and by night as lawmakers' apartments. Dozens of lawmakers choose to sleep in the office when Congress is in session.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.