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The Washington Business Journal reports that the District of Columbia Council has voted unanimously to charge a five cent fee for all paper and plastic bags handed out by retailers, a move that is designed to generate between $3 million and $4 million a year that will be used to clean up the Anacostia watershed.

At the same time, Safeway said that it would donate reusable bags to local nonprofit organizations that could be doled out to some10,000 low-income families.
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