December 17, 2015

Free Reusable Bags for County Residents

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds residents to bring reusable bags when holiday shopping. Reusable bags are not just for the grocery store -- they can be used when shopping at the mall, big box stores, or all other local businesses.

Plastic bags are one of the top four litter items found in County streams. Using eco-friendly bags when doing all shopping is a way for residents to help reduce the amount of waste generated and keep our local waterways clean. The County has one of the highest waste diversion rates (the combination of recycling rate and source reduction activities) in Maryland. The ongoing recycling efforts by residents, employees, businesses and others are essential for the County to meet its ambitious recycling goal.

DEP is working with partners to distribute free bags.. Here is where you can pick up a free reusable shopping bag.


  1. We should charge a tax for plastic water bottles, I pick up many empty water bottles and lids from Fairland Park and surrounding neighborhood every day. In the last 3 years I have picked up less than (5) plastic bags so charging a fee does seem to work.

    1. Sounds like you have a good commitment to the environment! It really helps to
      Know Your Plastics and be aware of what is recycable and reusable!

  2. I love Montgomery county'S commitment to recycle! Thanks.

  3. What a serious, sustainable, and generous offer! "One bag per household while supplies last"; and the bag should be picked up from some designated centers! Aren't there any efficient ways to distribute each household with ONE bag without asking people to waste time, spend money, and burn GAS to pick up a bag?!


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