If You Gave a Bag, You Got a Bag

During this season of giving, Montgomery County firefighters from Station 23 on Rollins Ave. in Rockville, their friend Sparky and Fire Chief Richard Bowers (in white shirt) found a way to help spread the word about the County’s new bag law that takes effect January 1 while doing a good deed for families in need.

Participating in the annual FOX 5 Stuff-A-Truck campaign, held at Giant food locations throughout the area the first weekend in December, the County firefighters took donations at the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center on Rockville Pike. In return, the donors received a reusable shopping bag from the County to use before and after the new bag law goes into effect.

Under the law, retailers will charge customers 5 cents for each plastic and paper bag they receive at checkout. Four cents of the five will go to water quality protection and litter cleanup in the County and help to defray the $3 million per year spent by the County to clean up litter.

We hear that the "give a bag/get a bag" effort was very popular with folks stopping by the event to donate bags of food, and Chief Bowers gave out some holiday safety tips, as well.

POSTED AT: Friday, December 09, 2011 | 5:00:00 AM |
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