NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced that for Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22, her office will be distributing reusable grocery bags for free at greenmarkets and grocery stores around Manhattan. In addition, Brewer’s office will distribute reusable bags on Saturday, April 21 at the Car-Free New York Day event in Washington Heights on St. Nicholas Avenue near West 183rd Street.
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.
“New York City has a problem with plastic bags — a 90,000-ton, $12 million problem. But 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 this weekend!”
Free bags will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the locations listed below on Sunday. They will also be distributed on Saturday at the Washington Heights Car-Free New York Day event.
Earth Day (Sunday) Reusable Bag Giveaway Locations:
Tompkins Square Greenmarket, East 7th Street & Avenue A, 9 am – 6 pm
Morton Williams Supermarket, 311 East 23rd Street, 7 am – 1 am
Columbia Greenmarket, Broadway and West 114th Street, 8 am – 5 pm
Key Food Supermarket, 421 W 125th Street, 8 am – 9 pm
City Fresh Supermarket, 2212 Third Ave, 24 Hours
Cherry Valley Supermarket, 1968 Second Ave, 24 hours
Associated Supermarket, 592 Fort Washington Ave, Starting 8:30 am
Foodtown Supermarket, 600 W 160th St, Starting 8:30 am
Starting 8:30 am