A previous post pointed to an alternative to the paper/plastic question.

Now the DC City Council is supporting legislation to charge five cents for paper and plastic bags in an effort to raise revenue for cleaning up the Anacostia River and to improve the environment.

A recent study by the Anacostia Watershed Society found that plastic bags were “the single largest component of trash” in the eight-mile river and its tributaries.

Paying for bags has long been a practice in most European countries. Closer to home, San Francisco has banned the use of plastic bags and both Seattle and NY city have legislation pending to charge for bags.

Bringing your own bag is good for the environment and, if this legislation is passed, will also be good for your wallet.