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Huge Drop in Bag Use Due to Tax a Boost to Environment

Huge Drop in Bag Use Due to Tax a Boost to Environment

The number of plastic and paper bags for groceries has dropped 42 percent after the city imposed a 7-cents per bag tax in February, according to Dnainfo.

Before the tax went into effect Feb. 1, shoppers took home an average of 2.3 disposable bags every time they shopped at a big grocery store. After the tax went into effect, shoppers took home one fewer bag, according to a study the city commissioned.

However, the city will not net enough money to balance its budget because it figured more people would pay the tax and buy bags.