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Leggett to Launch Public Outreach Campaign for County's New Carryout Bag Law
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Leggett to Launch Public Outreach Campaign for County's New Carryout Bag Law

 

The following information was sent to us by Karen Falcon:

County Executive Ike Leggett will launch the public outreach campaign for the County’s new Carryout Bag Law that will take effect January 1. Under the law, retailers must charge five cents for each paper or plastic carryout bag they provided to establishments in the County to customers at the point of sale, pickup or delivery. Retailers will receive a one-cent rebate on each plastic bag to help cover administrative costs.

Joining Leggett will be County Council Vice President Roger Berliner, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Director Bob Hoyt, and a number of public- and private-sector partners who are providing outreach materials and other support for getting the word out to the community. Campaign materials and reusable shopping bags will be on display.

Revenues collected from the law will be directed to the Water Quality Protection Fund that pays for things such as stormwater management, watershed restoration and litter clean-up. Plastic bags are one of the top four items found in County streams and stormwater controls. According to DEP, in 2009 the County spent approximately $3 million for litter prevention and clean-up programs.

 

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