City of Duarte Joins County Campaign to Promote Use of Reusable Shopping Bags
Bag Giveaway at Ralphs Market on Nov. 21

Paper, plastic, or a free reusable bag? The City of Duarte is hoping to navigate residents toward taking the environmentally conscious option through its participation in a countywide campaign to encourage recycling of single use bags and a changeover to reusable shopping bags.

On Nov. 15, America Recycles Day, Los Angeles County will roll out its “Brag about your Bag”® reusable bag campaign, teaming up with cities and major supermarkets over the next month to distribute more than 50,000 reusable bags to the public. The giveaway program will conclude on Dec. 17, a date designated as “A day without a bag”.

In Duarte, Ralphs Market at 1193 Huntington Dr., will partner in the program. From 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, Nov. 21st, volunteers from Duarte’s Promise – the Alliance for Youth and the Duarte Area Resource Team (D.A.R.T.) will be stationed outside the market to offer free “Brag about your Bag”® reusable bags to individuals who bring to the store five single use plastic bags for recycling.

“Changing over to reusable bags is a win-win proposition for all who share the planet,” said Duarte Deputy City Manager, Karen Herrera.

“In Los Angeles County, residents use six billion plastic bags per year. That is the equivalent of 600 plastic bags per person per year that eventually become part of our waste stream, litter our streets, take up space in our landfills, and threaten marine life. Less than 5% of single use plastic bags are recycled. Using that same equation, Duarte’s 22,000 residents are contributing more than 13 million plastic bags to the waste stream each year. A campaign like this increases public awareness and helps promote change,” said Herrera.

Los Angeles Lakers NBA Champion Luke Walton has pledged his star power to the “Brag about your Bag”® campaign. Walton will voice commercials on 710 ESPN radio and make appearances at various campaign events to promote public awareness about the benefits of using reusable shopping bags.

For more information, visit or contact the City of Duarte at (626) 357-7931, ext. 221.

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