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Make October 15th a Day for Reusable Bags!

October 8, 2008

SULLIVAN COUNTY – By unanimous proclamation of the Sullivan County Legislature, Wednesday, October 15, 2008 has been declared officially as “Bring Your Own Bag” Day in SullivanCounty. 


Volunteers, businesses and organizations around SullivanCounty will be joining together to raise awareness about the environment by committing to a day without plastic or paper shopping bags. 


  • At Pecks Market in Eldred a display has been set up inviting everyone who shops to enter a contest to win a “Bag of Bags from around the County.”  Cashiers are wearing labels calling on people to “Kick the Bag Habit” and distributing flyers to encourage people to bring their own reusable bags. 
  • At Liberty Shoprite cashiers are reminding customers to bring their own reusable bags and distributing flyers.  Shoprite offers a five-cent refund for each reusable bag brought in by a customer.  The company also has an area to recycle used plastic bags.  Shoprite shopper advocate Romina Villardi said, “I don’t like to see Shoprite bags up in a tree.  That’s not the type of promotion we are looking for.”
  • Residents are being asked to encourage their local supermarkets to participate.

“Bring Your Own Bag” organizers include: the “Come Clean” reusable bag program sponsored the Bashakill Area Association and the Wurtsboro Board of Trade; “Erika’s Better Bags,” a Girl Scout Gold Award project from Barryville; and Project Earth Sack at SullivanWestElementary School in Jeffersonville.  Wurtsboro Renaissance and Sullivan Renaissance are also sponsors.


Reasons to utilize reusable bags include: protecting roadsides from litter; saving space in the landfill; protecting wildlife from plastic materials; conserving energy used in manufacture; and establishing a green image for the county. 


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  It is holding a gardening seminar on October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVIBuilding in Ferndale.  The program will look at how gardeners can prepare for the winter while getting a jump start on the next growing season.  Please RSVP by October 13.


For more information about “Bring Your Own Bag” day, call Denise Frangipane at Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2443 or visit the website at