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DC Gets Tough On Disposable Bags

The Anacostia River in Washington DC is ridden with garbage, and plastic bags make up 20% of the trash tossed in (Photo by Kavitha Cardoza)

For years, the Anacostia River that flows through Washington DC was widely known as the forgotten river, lost in the shadow of the better known Potomac. At one point, some say the trash in the river was so thick you could walk from one side to the other without getting wet. Today things are better. But, most people say not enough has been done. DC's city council is considering a five cent tax on every disposable plastic and paper bag with most of the money going to cleanup efforts. As Kavitha Cardoza reports if it passes, the fee would be the toughest law on plastic and paper bags in the country:

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Producer: Kavitha Cardoza
Release Date: June 1, 2009
Running Time: 2:51

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