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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Citizens urged to battle plastic bag litter

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –  Montgomery County and the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program are asking local residents to join the fight to reduce plastic bag litter.

It’s a big problem. Every second 160,000 plastic bags are used around the world, and on average each of those bags is only used for 12 minutes. Thousands of plastic bags eventually become litter and end up in waterways. Even properly disposed of plastic bags can be a challenge. On windy days at Bi-County Landfill on Dover Road, bags catch the wind and fly about like small kites. It takes four employees more than three hours each to collect them all.

But every local resident can get involved and help. On Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 18 volunteers will be at local grocery stores distributing free reusable bags. Along with the reusable bags, shoppers will receive a reminder sticker for their vehicle. The stickers will help consumers remember to bring their bags into the store, which is one of the biggest challenges of going plastic free.

Visit CMC Green Certification volunteers on Friday, May 3 at:

  • Kroger, 1489 Madison St., from 9 a.m. to noon. Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett will be joining in at 9 a.m.
  • Food Lion, 1765 Highway 48, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Walmart, 1680 Fort Campbell Blvd.,  from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Area residents are also invited to participate in a social media challenge. Submit a photo using the hashtag #MoCoPlasticFree2019 showing you, your family or your friends using a reusable bag, going completely bag free (think of it as the grocery juggle) or returning plastic bags for recycling. Photos must be taken within Montgomery County. All photos will be entered to win one of these great prizes:

  • A $200 Gift certificate provided by Furniture Connection, Inc. for use at any of its four Clarksville locations.
  • A gift certificate for a Discover SCUBA Diving introductory class provided by Waterdogs Scuba and Safety.
  • A $50 Gift certificate for Appleton Harley-Davidson.
  • A $25 Kroger gift card.
  • Bird feeder and seed provided by Montgomery County Soil Conservation District.

Details about the event, including sites and times for Saturday, May 18 are online at http://mcgtn.org/green, on Facebook (MoCo Plastic Free 2019), on Twitter (@MoCoPlasticFree) and on Instagram (@MoCoPlasticFree).

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