“The evidence from the District and
Montgomery is overwhelming. In the District,
plastic bag use has dropped by at least half since the 5-cent tax
went into effect in 2010. In Montgomery,
the drop was significant — about a third — though not as sharp as in the
District; however, the county collected more than $2 million from the
tax last year, which will help it pay to remove litter that includes plastic
I've been a staunch proponent of reusable bags ever since I listened to Jean-Michael Cousteau at the Baltimore Speaker Series a little over three years ago. Since then I've amassed quite a collection.
Plastic bags are a public nuisance. A neighbor once quipped that we should make them the state flag since you can see them flutter in the wind almost everywhere.
“Industry lobbyists even argue that plastic bags don’t contribute much to litter, as if the visible evidence all around — bags in tree limbs, bags blowing down the street, bags clogging sewer drains — is invented. A study by the Maryland Department of the Environment last year confirmed their harmful effects.”