Free bag giveaway in Dublin, CA
By Oakland Local Editorial Team
In support of the countywide reusable bag ordinance that went into effect Jan. 1, Alameda County’s Clean Water Program will give away reusable bags from 3 to 5 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 1, in front of the Pac N’ Save at San Pablo Avenue at 40th St.
The ordinance prohibits stores that sell packaged food or alcohol from giving away single-use bags at checkout and requires them to charge a minimum of 10 cents per paper or reusable bag, as an incentive for shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to the store.
Clean Water Program member agencies throughout the county are hosting reusable bag giveaway vents to help residents get into the habit of bringing their own bags. Each year, the equivalent of 100,000 kitchen garbage bags worth of litter end up in our local waterways, including an estimated one million disposable plastic bags.
In Alameda County, storm water does not pass through a water treatment plant. This means that litter and other pollutants carried into the storm drain system by wind and water flow directly into creeks and the bay, where they harm fish, marine mammals and birds.
There also is a Feb. 2 bag giveaway in Oakland, from 9 to 11 a.m., next to Foodvale Market, 3401 International Blvd.