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Reusable Bag Giveaway Scheduled in Dublin, CA

January 21, 2013 by adminify

Between January 22nd and February 2nd, member agencies of the Clean Water Program will be holding reusable bag giveaway events in support of the reusable bag ordinance in Alameda County. The ordinance in Alameda County prohibits stores that sell packaged food or alcohol from dispensing single-use plastic bags at checkout, and requires them to charge a minimum of 10 cents per paper or reusable bag.

“We want to raise awareness about the harm disposable plastic bags pose to the health of our local creeks and San Francisco Bay, and so we are encouraging residents to get into the habit of using reusable bags.” explained Clean Water Program Manager Jim Scanlin. “Each year, the equivalent of 100,000 kitchen garbage bags worth of litter end up in our local waterways, including an estimated 1 million disposable plastic bags.”

The following reusable bag giveaways are scheduled in the finest cities in Alameda County while supplies last. All events are free to the public.

  • Dublin: Tue, Jan 22, 3-5pm, lobby of the Dublin library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin
  • San Leandro, Friday, January 25, 10am-12pm, Pac N Save Supermarket, 555 Floresta Blvd.
  • Emeryville, Friday, February 1, 3-5pm, Pac N Save Supermarket, San Pablo Avenue at 40th Street
  • Hayward, Saturday, February 2, 9am-12pm, Hayward Farmers Market, 777 B Street (City Plaza)
  • Oakland, Saturday, February 2, 9am-11am, next to Foodvale Market, 3401 International Blvd. (Fruitvale)

Under the Federal Clean Water Act, cities in the Bay Area are required to reduce or eliminate storm water pollution in order to comply with the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit, issued by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board. Under the current permit, Alameda County must reduce trash discharge from storm drains by 40% by 2014, and by 70% by 2017. The plastic bag ban is expected to go a long way toward reaching those goals.

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