Is a Tax on Plastic Bags Necessary?

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On New Year's Day, Washington, DC, instituted a tax on plastic shopping bags. So, how is it working so far?Good writes:

There seems to be lots of grumbling from the locals about what a hassle/expense the tax is, but the thing is: It's been wildly successful as a waste-cutting measure. Store managers are reporting that the number of bags they buy and use has dropped by around 50 percent. They should be happy about that because it cuts their costs. The tax will also generate an estimated $3.6 million in revenue for the District.

Read more about plastic bag taxes:
Washington DC's Plastic Bag Tax Takes Effect This Week
As U.S. Cities Waver on Plastic Bag Tax, China's Bag Ban Saved 1.6 Million Tons of Oil
Plastic Bag Fees: Tax the Poor to Feed the Ego of the Rich!

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