Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced that for Earth Day, which falls on Monday, April 22, 2019, her office will be distributing reusable grocery bags for free at greenmarkets and grocery stores from Harlem to Houston.
New Yorkers throw away an average of 10 single-use bags per person every week, and the city as a whole throws away more than 9 million single-use plastic bags a year, generating 90,000 tons of plastic bags in our waste stream at an annual cost of more than $12 million. Moreover, petroleum-based plastic bags never biodegrade and litter New Yorkers’ streets, trees, public parks, and waterways, creating a public nuisance, polluting the environment, and posing a hazard for wildlife.
“Now that Albany has passed the plastic bag ban, steps are being made in the right direction. By bringing reusable bags when we go shopping, we can all be part of the solution,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Please stop by and pick up a bag from one of our giveaway sites on Monday!”
Free bags will be available on a first-come, first served basis at the locations listed below on Monday.
Earth Day (Sunday) Reusable Bag Giveaway Locations:
- Union Square Farmer’s Market E 17th Street & Union Square W Store Hours
- C-Town 4918 Broadway Store Hours
- Fine Fare 4776 Broadway Store Hours
- Foodtown 600 W 160th Street Store Hours
- City Fresh Supermarket 2212 Third Ave Store Hours
- Cherry Valley Supermarket 1968 Second Ave Store Hours
- Associated Supermarket 592 Fort Washington Ave Store Hours
- Foodtown Supermarket 600 W 160th St Store Hours
Brewer herself will be handing bags out at Cherry Valley Supermarket at approx. 4:45 pm and City Fresh Supermarket at approx. 5:15 pm.