LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– “Paper or plastic?” That’s the age-old checkout line question.
In Maryland, the classic query could soon be replaced. Delegates from Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties are co-sponsoring a proposal that would have all Marylanders paying the same 5-cent disposable bag fee that shoppers in Montgomery County and the District are already subject to, the Washington Post reports.
In those areas, customers are often asked if they even want a bag at all. Statistics show that many of them don’t.
According to an analysis submitted along with the proposed legislation, the District’s law generated $2 million in revenue but reduced bag consumption by 50 percent in its first two years. In less than one year, Montgomery County’s legislation generated more than $2 million and decreased bag use by an estimated 36 percent.