We have all heard the environmental pitfalls of using single-use bags: they become part of our waste stream; they litter our streets, take up space in our landfills, and threaten marine life. Why is it then that Los Angeles County residents continue to use six billion plastic bags per year? This is equivalent to 600 plastic bags per person per year!
The City of Azusa along with Los Angeles County encourages Azusa residents to recycle their single-use plastic bags and choose reusable bags as the environmentally conscious option. The first countywide “Brag about your bag”® reusable bag campaign begins on America Recycles Day, November 15, and concludes on “A Day without A Bag,” December 17, 2009. As part of this campaign, residents visiting the Senior Center, Library, and Light & Water offices may receive up to three reusable bags FREE, while supplies last. No bag exchanges required.
If the City runs out of bags, don’t worry, the County of Los Angeles has teamed-up with Albertsons, Ralphs, Top Valu and Valu Plus supermarkets to host countywide reusable bag giveaway events and distribute over 50,000 reusable bags. Simply visit any participating supermarket, bring in five single-use plastic bags for recycling and exchange them for a free stylish “Brag about your Bag”® reusable shopping bag. Reusable grocery bags may also be purchased at supermarkets.
LA Laker Luke Walton is an official campaign spokesperson for the County’s single use bag program. Walton will voice commercials on 710 ESPN radio and make appearances at various campaign events throughout Los Angeles County. Listen to 710 ESPN radio to win prizes and a trip to Miami to see the popular Sabado Gigante show courtesy of Univision Radio’s KLOVE 107.5 and La Nueva 101.9. For more information visit, www.bragaboutyourbag.com.