Join Heal the Bay and Go A Day Without a Bag
2010-12-16 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach is joining with Heal the Bay to promote Thursday, December 16, as A Day Without a Bag, when Southland shoppers can take advantage of a giveaway of nearly 20,000 reusable bags at more than 50 locations throughout Los Angeles County.
To encourage shoppers and businesses to forego use of single-use bags in favor of reusable bags, the City of Long Beach will be distributing 1,500 free reusable bags at the following locations, while supplies last:
- Long Beach City Hall, Lobby Information Desk, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Main Library, Front Desk, 10:OO am – 6:00 pm
- Bixby Knolls Farmers Market, Litter-free Long Beach Table, 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Additionally, in an historic action earlier this month, the City of Long Beach once again demonstrated environmental leadership in the region when it became the largest city in Southern California to move forward with an ordinance that would ban plastic carryout bags at all supermarkets and other grocery stores, convenience stores, food marts, pharmacies and drug stores. The Long Beach City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance in early 2011.
More than 70 of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County are participating in the fourth annual A Day Without a Bag or “Brag About Your Bag” campaigns, held on the third Thursday in December.
Less than 5 percent of plastic grocery bags are recycled each year in Los Angeles, so the remainder clogs precious landfill and harms animal life when the bags infiltrate waterways. Single-use plastic bags are a tremendous source of litter because they blow along our streets and beaches and marinas, and clog storm drains—costing the City of Long Beach hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in operational and clean-up costs.
Paper bags, while biodegradable, still require vast amounts of fossil fuels and water to produce distribute and collect for disposal.
Heavy-duty reusable bags are convenient, environmentally friendly alternatives that have been embraced by millions around the world. For example, Ireland has been able to reduce its use of disposable grocery bags by 90% since 2001 via public programs.
For more information about A Day Without a Bag, including special promotions and locations of where reusable bags will be given away, visit http://sites.healthebay.org/dwab/2010/