- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 2, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bring a bag or face a 5-cent fee per bag.

Jan. 1 is the start of Washington’s new fee on disposable bags.

District businesses that sell food or alcohol must now charge customers five cents for every disposable bag they hand out. Proceeds will go to cleaning up the Anacostia River.

Patrons can skip the fee, however, by bringing their own bags. Stores may also offer a 5-cent credit on a patron’s bill for every bag brought.

Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the fee into law in July, saying it would cut down on disposable bags that dirty the river.

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