By Peter Granitz
Environmental advocates are hailing the success of the D.C. bag tax, and it could be the first in a series of similar laws.
Ward 6 Council member and author of the D.C. Bag Tax, Tommy Wells, says he sees less trash today than he did a year ago. He says now that the 5 cent fee for plastic bags is in full swing, he's hoping to find a strategy for disposable bottles.
At the annual Anacostia River Clean Up, Wells said new rules are needed because local littering laws are only so effective.
"For some people it's part of their daily thing to just throw trash on the ground," he says. "We've got to turn that around and get people to be responsible. We can do a better job of getting the message out there."
Wells says some money from the bag tax is being directed towards community education on cleaning up the environment. He did not say whether he thought the police need to enforce littering laws more thoroughly.