Support the Prince George's County bag fee
  • Petitioned Delegate Jolene Ivey

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Delegate Jolene Ivey
Delegate James E. Proctor, Jr.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk
Delegate Doyle L. Niemann
Senator C. Anthony Muse
Delegate Michael G. Summers
Delegate Carolyn J.B. Howard
Delegate Jay Walker
Delegate Marvin E. Holmes, Jr.
Delegate Justin D. Ross
Senator Victor R. Ramirez
Delegate Aisha N. Braveboy
Delegate Michael L. Vaughn
Delegate James W. Hubbard
Delegate Tiffany Alston
Delegate Benjamin S. Barnes
Delegation Chair Melony Ghee Griffith
Senator Paul G. Pinsky
Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith
Delegate Dereck E. Davis
Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines
Senator Douglas J.J. Peters
Delegate Anne Healey
Delegate Veronica L. Turner
Senator Joanne C. Benson
Delegate Barbara A. Frush
Delegate Joseph F. Vallario, Jr.
Senator Ulysses Currie
Delegate Kris Valderrama
Senator James C. Rosapepe

Support the Prince George's County bag fee

    1. Petition by

      Trash Free Maryland Alliance

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Prince George's County spends more than $2.5 million each year picking up litter. A major culprit in the county is plastic bags, which clog waterways and storm drains, and create visual blight in our neighborhoods. A fee on plastic and paper bags will encourage shoppers to use reusable bags, reducing the litter problem, while saving the local government and local businesses money.

Washington, DC, and Montgomery County already have this program in place. In the two years since DC's fee took effect, plastic bag use has dropped 50% or more, reducing litter and bags in the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and saving even mom-and-pop retailers more than $1,000 per year. It has also raised more than $3 million for river restoration projects, creating jobs and making important strides in water quality.

If you live in the county, sign this petition to urge our state representatives to give Prince George's County the power to do the same for our environment. (Please only sign if you live or work in the county; out of area signatures are counterproductive.)

This campaign is supported by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership, Anacostia Watershed Society, Clean Water Action, Patuxent Riverkeeper, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, Surfrider Foundation DC Chapter, and the Trash Free Maryland Alliance. Click here for more information about the legislation.

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    • Dorothy Tontodonato HYATTSVILLE, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      It's a very good idea.

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    • Cheryl Martin HYATTSVILLE, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      We are Prince George's Residents - this is low-hanging fruit - easy way to make a difference - let's do it!

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    • Christy Regenhardt HYATTSVILLE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a Hyattsville resident and hope to see my neighborhood free of bags. I also think as a society we need to encourage less environmentally destructive habits-- and this one is so easy.

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    • Martha Ainsworth BOWIE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Plastic bags harm wildlife and litter the landscape. There are two ways of dealing with the problem -- costly cleanup or prevention by reducing bag use. The bag fee is not intended to raise revenue but to change behavior. If the response is strong, there will be little revenue and we'll all benefit from the fact that grocery stores will no longer have to buy so many costly bags and give them away - a creduction in cost to the consumer. These are additional benefits, beyond the reduced impact on the environment.

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    • Marsha Mazz HYATTSVILLE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a Prince Georges County resident. To protect our environment, I support a fee for plastic bags. I work in Washington, Dc where the bag fee is no inconvenience at all.

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