Residents in Thurston County use an estimated 90 million plastic shopping bags per year. On average, each bag is used for only 12 minutes. Besides the energy and resources used to make bags, they can affect our environment and create a financial burden on local government when we are done using them.
Thurston County Solid Waste has been busy this summer working with the community to discuss issues related to plastic bag use. We are seeking input from residents, businesses, and non-profits on how we can reduce our use. We encourage residents to get involved through the below activities:
Check out our webpage, full of information and studies, at www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/plastics. There, the public can sign up for periodic emails about the project and planned activities.
At the website, you can also take the Plastic Bag Survey – over 1,700 residents have completed it. We have been surveying at stores and special events as well – participants get a free reusable bag.
Eight community meetings have been scheduled for mid-August to mid-September. These are all listed on the web site as well. We hope you will join us for these important discussions.
Yelm’s is TONIGHT
Gordon’s Grange building
302 Yelm St. SE
6 to 8 pm
102 Rochester St. W
Sept. 5, 2012 6 to 8 pm