“Skip the Bag, Save the River”

Beginning January 1, 2010, District businesses that sell food or alcohol must charge 5 cents for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag.

The business keeps 1 cent, or 2 cents if it offers a rebate when the customer brings their own bag. And the remaining 3 or 4 cents go to the new Anacostia River Protection Fund. DDOE will administer this fund.

The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has posted a new webpage for the DC Bag Law (official name, Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009 ). This webpage includes a “Frequently Asked Questions” section, two downloadable posters for businesses, and a double-sided leaflet for use in a reusable bag. The webpage link is

The DDOE is asking that businesses print and hang the Skip the Bag, Save the River posters in your store and windows at your earliest convenience. There is room at the bottom of the poster to add your corporate logo and appropriate text, such as “Thank you for shopping at _______________”. Two posters are available for download – a poster regarding the five-cent fee and a second poster advertising the voluntary credit program.

By hanging the posters, you will help not only your cashiers and customers, but the neighborhood businesses as well.