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Bag Drives – Preparing for the Big Green Day

Mats for a Mission has kept 36,000 plastic bags out of landfills, which makes just over 37 sleeping mats

As a way to prepare for Wegmans ditching its plastic bags on Monday, January 27, some people are being proactive regarding this “new way of life”. Take NYS Assemblyman Pat Burke for example. Burke is leading the way by setting up a reusable bag drive with the intention of helping others to “Go Green”. Not only are people encouraged to drop off any extra reusable bags they have, they are also asked to bring over their piles of single-use plastic bags, which will then be upcycled for Mats for a Mission – an organization that recycles plastic bags by making them into sleeping mats for the homeless.

This is a win-win event. Not only does it remove more plastic from the landfills and potentially our waterways, it also provides reusable bags to shoppers who do not currently have them. And don’t forget, while Wegmans might be axing their single use plastic bags earlier than mandated by NYS, other stores and markets in the state must comply by March 1. That means that everyone should be thinking about stocking up on a few reusable bags, to prepare for the Big Green Day.

The Bag Drive is a great idea – hopefully there will plenty more events of this nature, as March 1 draws near.

Reusable Bag Drive

1074 Union Rd., West Seneca (Burke’s office)

Drop off a resuable bag | Drop off your stockpile of plastic bags | Pick up a reusable bag

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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