Think Green for the New Year: the County’s Reusable Bag Law is Coming

The County’s new carryout bag law outreach campaign


Bob Hoyt holding plastic bag litter.

The public outreach campaign for the County’s new carryout bag law, which will take effect January 1, 2012, was officially launched recently by County Executive Ike Leggett at Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda.

Under the law passed in early May, all retail establishments in the County are required to collect a five-cent charge on each paper or plastic carryout bag they provide to customers at the point of sale, pickup or delivery. Retailers will receive a one-cent rebate on each paper or plastic bag to help cover administrative costs.

Joining Leggett at the kickoff were County Council Vice President Roger Berliner and Bob Hoyt, director of the County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) who showed a sample of a plastic bag recovered from a local stream, and a number of both public- and private-sector partners who have agreed to help get the word out to Montgomery County residents and shoppers.

“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all our retail and community partners who have signed on to help educate residents and shoppers about the law,” Leggett said. “Reaching nearly one million residents and countless visitors who shop in Montgomery County is a daunting task. But many have stepped up and said, ‘We want to help and here’s what we can do.’”

Partners for the outreach campaign are: Audubon Naturalist Society, Barwood Taxi, Bethesda Green, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Giant, Green Wheaton, Identity, IMPACT Silver Spring, Johns Hopkins, Little Falls Watershed Alliance, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Muddy Branch Alliance, Neighbors of Northwest Branch, North Bethesda Neighborhoods and the Montgomery County Civic Federation. Also, Poolesville Green, Rock Creek Conservancy, Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Roots Market and Bark, Safeway Inc.- Eastern Division, Shoppers Food Warehouse Corp., Silver Spring Green, Surfrider Foundation DC, Universities at Shady Grove, Walmart, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Westfield, LLC and Whole Foods Market.

For more information about the law – for residents and retailers – plus, downloadable materials for businesses and community organizations, the campaign’s public service announcement, a list of the partners' logos, a schedule of upcoming free webinars for retailers and a community presentation, visit

Also, follow us on Twitter @BringYourBagMC and on Facebook from Or, view the 30-second public service announcement.


CATEGORIES: Environmental
POSTED AT: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | 10:25:00 PM |
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