County Schedules Webinars Dedicated to Bag Law

Informational sessions have been scheduled through January to explain the new county bag law to residents and retailers.

To help residents and retailers , effective Jan. 1, 2012, Montgomery County has launched a new website with scheduled information sessions.

Under Montgomery County's carryout bag law, effective Jan. 1, 2012, all retail establishments in the county that provide customers a paper or plastic bag for purchases are required to charge 5 cents per bag.

Affected retail establishments include "all stores, permanent booths, service stations, grocery stores, department stores and other sellers," according to the Montgomery County website.

Exemptions from the bag law include:

• Bags used to hold prescription drugs

• "Initial use" bags, such as garbage bags, dry cleaning bags or newspaper bags

• Bags provided by an occasional retailer or by a seasonal event such as a street fair, farmer’s market or yard sale

• A paper bag that a restaurant gives a customer to take prepared or leftover food or drink

Informational webinars have been scheduled for the following dates to help residents and retailers understand the new law:

• Tuesday Oct. 11, 2 p.m.

• Tuesday Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m.

For more details on how to participate in the webinars and for a schedule of webinars in November through January, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/BAG.

Elizabeth W Tordella October 08, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Oh, let's see. I have been around for a decade or two, or three, or four, or, well, let's stop there, you get the point. I used to carry my paper products to the Giant Food store in Westbard for recycling, I had a non-food compost pile that a neighbor objected to and made me remove, I specifically did not build on my yard to allow water to be absorbed rather than run off. You get the point. Now some bloody fool in the government thinks I should pay for bags for my purchases? This is just the dumbest idea to come to pass but then this is Montgomery County, MD. Why should I expect more contemplative ways to manage materials. Allow paper bags and recycle them. Why ask citizens to put their food products in dirty bags? Some of the reusable bags I see in stores are actually scary. Who knows what these dirty things are introducing? This is just one of the dumbest acts our council has thought in quite a long time. The cost of the bag is incorporated into the cost of the purchase. Why dip twice? Oh, yes, I forgot, because they can. PS What happens to the reusable bags once they finally poop out? Oh, yes, landfill.
Katie Griffith October 09, 2011 at 02:57 AM
What does everyone think would be a better way for the county to encourage residents to recycle and reuse pastic/paper bags?
Jonathan Meyers October 11, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Stop being so selfish people, you can survive without them and as sad as it is, the only thing that works is hitting people in the pocket. Have you heard of the Cigarette tax? Same idea. Bags are bad. Plastic Bag Use in DC Drops From 22 Million to 3 Million a Month Washington DC's 5 cent tax on plastic bags, instated just this past January, has already proven to have a phenomenal impact: the number of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets and other establishments dropped from the 2009 monthly average of 22.5 million to just 3 million in January. While significantly reducing plastic waste, the tax simultaneously generated $150,000 in revenue, which will be used to clean up the Anacostia River.
Charles L.Garris October 11, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Spend $5 and purchase one of their grocery 'tote bags' I carry a large one to the store on ea. trip.
Elizabeth W Tordella October 11, 2011 at 11:26 PM
I don't want to put food into dirty bags. I tried to use the bloody things and they gross me out. I shop at MOM's and they have biodegradable bags for produce. I prefer paper but I need handles. Also, the price of the bag is in the price of the purchases. I don't like paying twice. Why should I? I don't need another tax.


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