ROCKVILLE, MD. (WUSA) -- Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett signed into law a five-cent charge on paper and plastic carryout bags.
Leggett signed Bill 8-11 into law at a special ceremony held in Rockville. Under the law, customers would pay the charge at retail establishments at the point of sale, pickup or delivery. A customer's receipt will show how many carryout bags they were given and the total charge.
Retailers would also receive a one-cent rebate from each bag to help cover administrative costs.
The law goes into effect on January 1, 2012.
Revenues from the tax, estimated at about $1.5 million in the first year, would go to the Water Quality Protection Fund for stormwater management, watershed restoration and litter clean-up.
Exempt under the law are:
- a bag provided by a pharmacist that contains prescription drugs;
- any newspaper bag or bag intended for initial use as a garbage, pet waste or yard waste bag;
- a bag provided at the point of sale at a stand at a seasonal event such as a farmers market;
- a paper bag that a restaurant provides to a customer to take prepared food or drink away from the restaurant.