The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection reminds residents to bring reusable bags when holiday shopping to help reduce waste and litter in the community. To help with this effort the DEP is giving away free reusable bags to County residents.
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 and others are essential for the County to meet its ambitious recycling goal.
In Germantown, the bags can be picked up at the Germantown Public Library on Century Boulevard and the Department of Health and Human Services office on the 2nd Floor of Upcounty Services Building at 12900 Milddebrook Road.
Other locations which are distributing bags in the County include the public libraries in Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Damascus, Davis, Gaithersburg, Long Branch, Little Falls, Marilyn J. Praisner, Olney, Poolesville, Potomac, Quince Orchard, Rockville Memorial, Silver Spring, Wheaton, and White Oak.
The bags can also be picked up at Department of Health and Human Services offices in Rockville, Silver Spring, the TESS Community Service Center on Piney Branch Road, the Gaithersburg and Wheaton Neighborhood Opportunity Networks, as well as the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg.
Each location will distribute one bag per household while supplies last. Please contact the location ahead of time to guarantee availability. For more information about the reusable bag program call Leslie Wilcox at 240-777- 7780