New DC "Bag Tax"

In an effort to curb plastic bag use and subsequent disposal entering into the Anacostia, DC's "Skip the bag, Save the river" policy goes into effect this month. Certain food establishments and retail businesses that sell food items are now required to charge the customer 5 cents for each plastic or paper bag that is used to carry out multiple items from that store. There are tons of exemptions and you can read about them here. Long story short, MTC is exempt because we only give out paper bags for carry-out items AND have seating.

We've recently made some changes to help reduce the trash being generated from our store, including getting rid of disposable wooden coffee stirrers and offering reusable water cups. You can help us further by doing the following:
  • We recycle: newspapers, cardboard, glass, aluminum, plastic bottles, and plastic cold drink to-go cups. Just place them in or near the bus bin on the bar.
  • Use a "real" cup if you are staying inside the coffeehouse. If you are taking it to go, bring your own mug or use a MTC coffeemug (currently out of stock).

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