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Spokane Grocers to Unveil Program to Encourage use of Reusable Bags

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Grocers with stores in Spokane and the Washington Food Industry (WFI) will unveil a new program to encourage and grow the use of reusable shopping bags at the Spokane City Council's meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

The City will issue a proclamation in support of the program, which fits with the City's efforts to promote sustainable practices. 

"We are excited that our grocers have taken these important steps toward curbing the use of disposable paper and plastic bags," says Council Member Richard Rush, who has been working closely with the grocers on this project.  "Instead of the ubiquitous ‘paper or plastic' question, I want the standard to become ‘Your bag or mine?'"

Council Member Rush noted that the City would assist with the effort by including information on the program with other recycling messages offered by the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System.  The system currently has a major marketing campaign under way to increase recycling overall in the community.

In the last year, among other things, the City has reduced idling of City vehicles and implemented other strategies to reduce fuel use, added motorcycle and scooter parking spaces in downtown, created a downtown street tree replacement program, and embarked on a major HVAC project in City Hall that will greatly improve energy efficiency in that building.

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