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Grocery Bag Maintenance

January 11, 2010

Grocery Bag Naintenance

The District of Columbia’s new nickel tax on disposable grocery bags is over a week old and seems to be going fairly smoothly. Some retailers even offer shoppers a discount for bringing their own bags. Portland, Toronto, and other ecology-minded jurisdictions are jealous.

There is some whining, or course, and a few extremists waste gas and contribute to Virginia’s treasury by driving to Old Dominion supermarkets to save a few nickels on “paper or plastic.” Virginia collects tax on grocery purchases, surely the most regressive tax in the USA.

There are plenty of businesses and organizations offering free or cheap reusable shopping bags, but little knowledge about their upkeep and maintenance. Time to look under the hood.