Plastic Bag Ban in Montgomery County, MD
It’s actually, happened, though I can’t quite believe it…a ban, or actually a tax, on single-use plastic bags, has been instituted in Montgomery County, Maryland. For all retail stores. Which means people will either start paying for their bags (and I imagine folks will generally cough up the extra less-than-a-quarter without that much complaint rather than bring their own, but there’s always hope!) or remember to bring their own from home…
A few articles here with links to information:
Montgomery County Bag Tax to take effect with New Year (Washington Times)
Marc Gunter’s “In Defense of the Plastic Bag”
Stiv Wilson’s “In Defense of Plastic Bag Bans”
I personally think it’s a great idea–it’s not that much money per bag, and if it helps people remember to bring their own–hell, to just double up a few single use bags from the last time you shopped and stuff ’em into your purse, if nothing else–it’s a step in the right direction.