A Small Price to Pay for a Healthier Anacostia River
Under this legislation, shoppers in the District could either bring in their own carryout bag or pay a fee of five cents per disposable plastic or paper bag. Fees would go to the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Fund a cheap michael kors nd to provide free reusable bags to seniors and low income residents.
Similar legislation has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly by cheap michael kors Del. Alfred C. Carr Jr. (D Montgomery). If passed, Marylanders would also have the choice of whether to bring their own bags shopping, forgo the use of a bag altogether when one is not needed, or purchase one for five cents from the cheap michael kors retailer. Proceeds from this pr cheap michael kors ogram would go to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund.
Every year, 20,000 tons of trash enter the Anacostia River, leaving a dirty and neglected river running through our neighborhoods. Department of the Environment, bags make up nearly 50 percent of the trash in the river’s tributaries and 21 percent of the trash in the main river. Cleanups are important efforts, but they target only existing trash. The District has made strides in its recycling program, accepting many types of plastics, but recycling alone hasn’t kept the trash and litter out of the river. We need to target the source.
It has been far too long since people in the District could fully enjoy the Anacostia River. Restoring the river would return to the residents a public asset that they could use and enjoy. A healthy river would allow for all types of recreation that have long been denied to neighboring residents. And a reclaimed river would support additional economic development that brings jobs and opportunities to the people of Washington. In light of these benefits, we think that five cents is a small price to pay. The Riverkeeper position is funded by the Earth Conservation Corps and the Anacostia Watershed Society.