Citywide cleanup, reusable bag distribution planned for Saturday

Event is show of support for legislation to impose 5-cent fee on plastic bags handed out in Baltimore

September 18, 2014|By Yvonne Wenger | The Baltimore Sun

Environmentalists will team up Saturday to build support for a 5-cent plastic bag fee in Baltimore by handing out reusable bags and taking part in a citywide cleanup effort.

Blue Water Baltimore, Waterfront Partnership, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Trash Free Maryland Alliance, Clean Water Action and volunteers will fan out across Baltimore to pick up litter in a show of support for legislation introduced by Councilman James B. Kraft that would impose a fee on most plastic bags distributed in the city.

Kraft's pending bill is part of a long standing effort to impose a fee on the bags as a way to reduce litter in the city. Plastic bags make up a significant percentage of the litter found in the streets, parks and waterways, according to advocates.

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