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September, 2012
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 Join the Discussion on Plastic Bags.

Public meetings scheduled for September.

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 governments when we are done using them.

Thurston County Solid Waste has been busy this summer working with the community on 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.

Check out our Web Page. It’s full of information and studies. You can also sign up for periodic emails about the project and planned activities.

At the website, you can also take the Plastic Bag Survey - over 3,100 residents have completed it. We have been surveying at stores and special events as well - participants get a free reusable bag.

Community meetings have been scheduled through mid-September. We hope you will join us for these important discussions.

  • Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester St. SW, September 5, 6 to 8 pm
  • Tumwater Fire Department, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Sept. 6, 6 to 8pm
  • Lacey City Hall, 420 College St. SE, September 12, 6 to 8pm
  • Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave. E, September 19, 6 to 8 pm

Staff is available for presentations on the topic of plastic bags. We also have several copies of the entertaining documentary "Bag It" if you would like to coordinate a viewing for your church, neighborhood, or community group. To view a trailer for the film, just go to our website. You can also rent the movie for home use on services such as Amazon or Netflix. For more information, please contact Loni Hanka at or (360) 867-2282.

Community input is critical as we work to identify possible solutions to the growing problem of single-use shopping bags. Visit our webpage and send us an email from there, or give us a call and share your thoughts.

By Loni Hanka

Join us in discussing plastic bag use. Join us in discussing plastic bag use.