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MaryPIRG Rallies for Plastic Bag Tax

By Brian Compere
Media Coordinator

Good press is essential to any grassroots campaign, and we made progress on that front this week with a front page article in The Diamondback, the university’s independent student newspaper.
The article, headlined “MaryPIRG rallies for plastic bag tax,” discussed upcoming legislation in the Maryland State Legislature that would enable fee on single-use plastic bags. Also mentioned in the article was Matt Dernoga, an assistant to Prince George's County Councilwoman Mary Lehman, who spoke to us on Thursday about the issue. Dernoga claimed that similar legislation in Washington D.C. and Montgomery County has yielded “overwhelmingly positive” results.
“D.C. has seen an 80% reduction in plastic bag use in the last two years since the fee was implemented,” Dernoga said. “They have also raised $3.5 million for River and Bay cleanup efforts.”
Be sure to read the full article below!