San Bernardino Zero Waste Communities Reusable Bag Campaign Update

The San Bernardino Zero Waste Communities (ZWC) has planned three outreach events in the month of June, where free reusable bags and door hangers will be handed out to residents as the program promotes their Reusable Bag Campaign.

Online PR News – 27-May-2011 – – The San Bernardino Zero Waste Communities (ZWC) has planned three outreach events in the month of June, where free reusable bags and door hangers will be handed out to residents as the program promotes their Reusable Bag Campaign. In partnership with Albertsons in Victorville, Clark’s Nutrition in Loma Linda and Fresh and Easy in Rialto, the ZWC launched a Reusable Bag Campaign back in February to encourage County residents to stop the use of single plastic bags and grab a reusable bag instead.

“Grab Your Bag” signage was posted in the parking lots of these three grocery stores as a reminder for shoppers. ZWC survey results across the County revealed the major barrier that prevented residents from using their reusable bags was forgetting them in their car. These signs have already proved to be an effective approach for ZWC’s Reusable Bag Campaign. “As soon as the reminder signs were posted, we received great feedback from customers, testifying that these reminder signs have made a significant difference in their reusable bag habits. One customer complimented the signs and explained how after seeing the sign, walked back to their car to grab their reusable bag. Thanks to the Zero Waste Communities, residents will now be reminded to grab their bags and reduce waste in our community!” said Colleen Webster, store manager of Albertsons in Victorville.

In addition to posting the reminder signs, ZWC has collaborated with the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD) and Volunteers of America to conduct outreach at these grocery stores and offer free reusable bags and door hanger reminders to County residents at the outreach events.

The partnerships formed with the grocery stores have helped drive the campaign in a positive direction as the grocery stores have not only encouraged store employees to remind customers to use reusable bags, but the employees have signed commitment letters themselves to use reusable bags every time they shop and remind other employees to encourage customers as well. In addition to these efforts, Albertsons in Victorville is also going to promote their Pay it Forward program during the day of the event where people can pay for other residents to obtain an Albertsons reusable bag when they come in to shop.

The Zero Waste Communities of San Bernardino County is made up of 16 cities and the County of San Bernardino. They have partnered to educate their residents and businesses on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. Reducing waste helps save valuable resources and decrease disposal at our landfills, ensuring a better quality of life. For more information visit: www.zerowastecommunities.org

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