Category: anacostia river


Montgomery County Banned the Foam

I’m delighted to report that this morning the Montgomery County Council voted 8-0 to ban polystyrene foam food packaging! Rock Creek in Montgomery County, Fall 2014 The law in many ways mirrors the law passed in DC last summer: –…

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Polystyrene ban introduced in Montgomery County

Yesterday Montgomery County councilmembers Hans Riemer and George Leventhal introduced Bill 41-14, to ban polystyrene foam food packaging starting in 2016. The bill is similar to one passed this summer in Washington, DC, giving the measure even greater environmental impact…

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DC bans the foam

It’s summer, so we’ll take a short trip to the south… In a marathon session before summer recess, the DC Council held its final vote today on the Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013, unanimously passing 11 environmental measures, most…

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Bag fees: Where does the money go?

I’ve been terrible at updating this summer. Plus I get asked this question a lot, so it seems like I should document it for posterity. So you are shopping in DC or Montgomery County, and you forgot your reusable bag…

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The DC bag fee is cleaning up the Anacostia River

Nash Run is one of the dirtiest streams in the Anacostia River watershed. However, thanks to D.C’s 5-cent disposable bag fee, one major source of pollution is finally on the decline. “Astronomical levels of trash” and “dirtiest of all streams”…

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Prince George’s bag bill support reaches far beyond the traditional

Crossposted from Clean Prince George’s Many people think of the Prince George’s bag bill as an environmental bill, and it does enjoy a broad base of support from environmental groups. But the coalition supporting the bag fee is much, much…

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What could a bottle bill do for Maryland?

Today Delegate Maggie McIntosh (chair of the Environmental Matters Committee) will announce that she is introducing a bottle bill for Maryland to the General Assembly. For those of us in the trash world, this is a very big deal. But…

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A Clean Prince George’s Is in the Bag

Riding my bike to work last week I was struck by the huge volume of trash scattered on the banks of the Northwest Branch near the West Hyattsville Metro station. As usual, it was mostly plastic–bags, takeout containers, foam cups….

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Logic as flimsy as a cheap plastic bag

Right-wing think tank Beacon Hill Institute is out with an update to their 2011 report on the DC bag fee. Last year I opted not to respond to their “study” because it seemed so flawed that surely no one would…

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