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Paper or plastic no more: D.C.'s 5-cent bag fee

Here's another story that started here on Story Lab, where reporter Steve Hendrix first asked readers to opine about the impact of the District's new 5-cent fee on shopping bags at all retail establishments that sell food or beverage.

And here's your chance to provide some feedback on how the bag fee is playing in your household, especially as compared with some other recent fee hikes in these parts:

Coming Monday here on the big web site, a behavioral psychologist discusses why so many of us feel so passionately about the bag fee. Join the discussion Monday at 1 p.m. at

By Marc Fisher  | January 22, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
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Wait. If I take my own bags to the Giant, which I've been doing for years, I get a nickel off my total for each bag. That does not help the Anacostia. If I do NOT take bags to the Giant, I am charged a 'tax' of 5 cents per bag, most of which goes to the rescue of the Anacostia. I've decided not to work so hard to take bags to the Giant, because I WANT to help the Anacostia. It seems, though, that this is a roundabout way of doing a public good. Isn't it in the best interests of ALL of us to clean up the Anacostia? Then shouldn't this 'fee' be a tax on all of us?

Posted by: sbuck | January 22, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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