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Summary of District of Columbia Laws


Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009

This law was signed by the Mayor on July 7, 2009. The bill bans the use of non-recyclable plastic carryout bags, and establishes a fee on disposable carryout bags provided by grocery stores, drug stores, liquor stores, restaurants and food vendors, among other retail establishments. There is no exemption for universities. Bookstores are likely to need to impose the fee, although paper bags used for carryout by restaurants to take away food are exempt. Restaurant is defined at DC Code 47-2827(e)(2) as any place where food or refreshments are served to transient customers to be eaten on the premises where sold, and seems to include by later reference school cafeterias.

A consumer making a purchase from a retail establishment shall pay at the time of purchase a fee of five cents for each disposable carryout bag, commencing January 1, 2010. Incentives are included to encourage customers to provide their own carryout bags.

At CUA the compliance responsiblity for this law rests upon the those managing the BookStore and Food Establishments. A series of graduated fees are imposed for violations.

Rules to implement the law shall be issued within 90 days of the effective date of the law, which is approval by the Mayor, then a 30 day period of Congressional review, and publication in the DC Register.

Referance: See DC Anacosia River Clean and Protection Act


Page checked August 4th, 2010, FJL.