City of Alexandria, VA
City of Alexandria Launches Plastic Bag Recycling Initiative
Make the Right Choice--One Plastic Bag at a Time!
September 19, 2009
On Monday, September 21, the City of Alexandria will launch a public outreach and education campaign targeted at recycling plastics and using reusable bags. As part of the Eco-City Alexandria Initiative, residents, students and businesses are encouraged to “Make the Right Choice--One Plastic Bag at a Time!” by reducing, reusing and recycling their plastic bags.
The Plastic Bag Initiative is funded through a State grant secured by state Senator Patricia S. “Patsy” Ticer and former City Councilmember Timothy B. Lovain. The Initiative will work with local businesses to reduce the negative impact of plastic bag use and increase plastic bag recycling by providing information for residents. Current partners of the Plastic Bag Recycling Initiative include 7-Eleven, Presto Valet, COVANTA, Dominion, WM Recycle America, Trex, Washington Art Institute and the Alexandria Times. A public service announcement (PSA) for the initiative was created by former T.C. Williams High School graduate Carlie McGuire. The PSA, which encourages making plastic bag recycling a part of everyday life, will air locally on Comcast cable television.
The City will be hosting several events and contests in conjunction with the Plastic Bag Initiative:
Monday, September 21 - Kick Off Event
Thursday, October 1 - Plastic Bag Recycling Contest and Pledge
For more information, contact Stacy Herring, Recycling Coordinator, Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, at 703.519.3486.