The heart of a proposed District of Columbia law — the Anacostia River Cleanup & Protection Act of 2009 — is a provision to restrict what bags D.C. retailers may use. Out go recyclable plastic and kraft paper bags. Recyclable bags are OK, but they must be labeled such and there’s a fee for their use. (“Produce” bags and the like are excluded; not great, but probably politically essential and not likely the source of much of the pollution.)
Read the bill here.
It is Bill B18-0150 and you can follow the process here.
I support it, both for the cleanliness of the beleaguered, bag-choked Anacostia River, but also for the sake of the city and region.
There’s a public hearing about it on April 1, details here.