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The Wall Street Journal reports that DC's plastic bag tax, which places a 5-cent surcharge per plastic bag used by shoppers, has been an overall successful endeavor.
When the tax was initially introduced to a grumbling public, opponents cited it as another example of government interfering with free market economics. Personally, I disagreed...I hoped that the bag tax would help mitigate pollution from plastic bags by encouraging, but not requiring different consumer behavior. According to the Washington Post, almost half the trash in the Anacostia River tributaries is plastic shopping bags.
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