- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Although figures show that a Montgomery County disposable shopping bag tax is paying off, the original purpose for the levy may not be going exactly as planned.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/29hZNUK) county data reveals that revenue from plastic-bag sales grew 3.2 percent from fiscal 2014 to 2015.

Officials imposed the 5-cent tax in 2012 with the hope that it would get people to embrace environmentally friendly reusable sacks.

However, data shows that more plastic and paper bags are being issued at big-chain grocery stores - places where officials had thought the tax would be most effective in reducing the use of disposable bags.

On the other hand, numbers reveal that the county’s convenience stores, pharmacies and department stores had reduced bag sales, and that fewer bags are being trapped near waterways.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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