Trying to help protect the environment, Anne Arundel County, Maryland ordered a ban on plastic bags in grocery stores.
As of January 2024, grocery shoppers in Anne Arundel County must bring their own reusable bags or pay 10 cents each for paper bags. Restaurants are exempt from the ban.
Prince George's County Council gave preliminary approval in May and is expected to give final approval later this month on a similar ban on plastic bags.
Plastic bags are also prohibited in Laurel and Takoma Park.
There are similar taxes on plastic bags in Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties and in the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia.
The District also intends to discourage the use of Styrofoam and plastic bags by charging a tax of 5 cents per bag.
But don't worry, many stores have reusable bags for sale too, just usually at a higher price than paper.
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