San Bernardino Zero Waste Communities Launches a Reusable Bag Campaign
02/25/2011

As an effort to stop plastic pollution, the San Bernardino Zero Waste Communities in partnership with several local grocery stores, has launched a Reusable Bag Campaign to encourage residents to stop single plastic bag use and grab a reusable bag instead.

Online PR News – 25-February-2011 – – San Bernardino, CA – Single-use plastic bags are becoming a thing of the past, as cities across the United States and countries across the world have banned the plastic bag. As an effort to join others in putting a stop to plastic pollution, the San Bernardino Zero Waste Communities in partnership with Albertson’s in Victorville, Clark’s Nutrition in Loma Linda and Fresh and Easy in Rialto, is launching a Reusable Bag Campaign to encourage residents to stop single plastic bag use and grab a reusable bag instead.

Not only are plastic bags a large source of litter, contributing to pollution of our cities, but they are not recyclable in the County. Using a reusable bag greatly reduces unwanted waste in landfills and pollution in our cities. So why do people continue use these single-use plastic bags if they cause harm to our environment? Zero Waste Communities survey results across the County indicated two main obstacles that hinder residents from stopping their plastic bag habits; forgetting to bring reusable bags, and leaving reusable bags in the car at the grocery store.

To help alleviate these obstacles and to encourage reusable bag use, the Zero Waste Communities partnered with a several local grocery stores to implement the Reusable Bag Campaign. Partnerships formed with Albertson’s in Victorville, Clark’s Nutrition in Loma Linda and Fresh and Easy in Rialto will help drive positive campaign results as the grocery stores encourage store employees to remind customers to use reusable bags and applaud the ones that do.

Along with store employees who will help promote the use of reusable bags, reminder signs in the parking lots will be posted to help remind residents to grab their bag before leaving their car. The Zero Waste Communities also joined with the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD) and Volunteers of America. IERCD conducts school presentations in parts of San Bernardino County and presents reuse information to kids, including use of reusable bags. The Volunteers of America will assist with campaign outreach and offer free reusable bags and door hanger reminders at special campaign tablings.

“I’m excited because Zero Waste Communities is involving the retailers! My checkers and employees are the ones that can get the message across and promote the use of reusable bags to the customers. The hardest part is remembering to grab the reusable bags from the car, and with the new reminder signs going up, that should no longer be a problem. I fully support this campaign and am excited to see its results,” says Colleen Webster, an Albertson’s manager in Victorville.

The Zero Waste Communities of San Bernardino County is made up of 16 cities and the County of San Bernardino. They have partnered to educate their residents and businesses on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. Reducing waste helps save valuable resources and decrease disposal at our landfills, ensuring a better quality of life. For more information visit: www.zerowastecommunities.org

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