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Newark giving free reusable bags to residents

This message is from the City of Newark’s website:

Get your FREE reusable bag from City Hall!

In order to save valuable natural resources, reduce litter, and reduce the cost to the public of litter cleanup, a new countywide ordinance has been adopted by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority to promote the use of reusable bags in place of single-use plastic carryout bags.

Plastic bags are one of the most common litter items found in our creeks, storm drains and streets — but one reusable bag can replace more than 600 single-use bags over its lifetime.

Newark residents may pick up a FREE reusable bag from the Public Works Counter at City Hall, located on the first floor at 37101 Newark Blvd.  Limit one per household.  Reusable bags are available on a first come, first served basis 8:00am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 5:00pm on the following dates:

Thursday, December 13th
Friday, December 14th
Monday, December 17th
Tuesday, December 18th
Wednesday, December 19th
Thursday, December 20th

Beginning January 1, 2013, stores in Alameda County that sell packaged foods and/or alcohol – including most grocery stores, minimarts, convenience stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies – will no longer provide customers with single-use bags at checkout. Bags made of recycled paper or reusable bags may be available for a minimum price of 10 cents per bag. Consumers may bring any type of bags from home they wish – and are strongly encouraged to do so!  Learn more at ReusableBagsAC.org.

Chris DeBenedetti