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Cuyahoga County distributes reusable grocery bags to Euclid seniors

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 1/14/2020 By Julie Washington, The Plain Dealer
a close up of a book: Speakers at the Cuyahoga County Bring Your Own Bags event stressed that reducing the use of singe-use plastic bags will help the region's environment.  Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer © Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/TNS Speakers at the Cuyahoga County Bring Your Own Bags event stressed that reducing the use of singe-use plastic bags will help the region's environment. Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer

EUCLID, Ohio — Cuyahoga County’s ban on single-use plastic bags will help protect Lake Erie as well as the region’s environment and health, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon said during the county’s Bring Your Own Bags event held Tuesday at the Euclid Senior Center.

a woman sitting at a table in front of a box: Ann Lanier, 75, opens her brand new reusable bag at the Euclid Senior Center.  Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer © Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/TNS Ann Lanier, 75, opens her brand new reusable bag at the Euclid Senior Center. Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer

County and local leaders spoke about the positive environmental impact of the county’s plastic-bag ban in front of an audience of about 150 seniors. Speakers included Mike Foley, the county’s director of sustainability; Dan Donovan, director of corporate communications at Giant Eagle; and Euclid Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Cuyahoga County councilwoman Sunny Simon speaks about the importance of the county's ban on single-use plastic bags at the Euclid Senior Center in Euclid.  Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer © Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/TNS Cuyahoga County councilwoman Sunny Simon speaks about the importance of the county's ban on single-use plastic bags at the Euclid Senior Center in Euclid. Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer

About 1,100 reusable bags made of recycled plastic were distributed to seniors and community groups.

“Lake Erie is our future,” Gail said, noting that the ban will keep plastic bags from polluting the water.

The ban on single-use plastic bags went into effect Jan. 1, but the county has postponed enforcement for six months. Meanwhile, some communities including Strongsville and Brooklyn have opted out.

Local organizations such as senior centers, food pantries, libraries and social service organizations can request a supply of free bags to distribute. Go to the Cuyahoga County website.

a man sitting at a table: Ben Scott, 77, smiles as he receives his reusable bag during a giveaway at the Euclid Senior Center, Tuesday, January 14, 2020. About 150 seniors received free bags at the Cuyahoga County Bring Your Own Bags event.  Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer © Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/TNS Ben Scott, 77, smiles as he receives his reusable bag during a giveaway at the Euclid Senior Center, Tuesday, January 14, 2020. About 150 seniors received free bags at the Cuyahoga County Bring Your Own Bags event. Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer

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a room with people sitting at a table: Civic leaders gathered for a reusable bag giveaway at the Euclid Senior Center, Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The bags are made from recycled plastic bottles.  Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer © Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/The Plain Dealer/TNS Civic leaders gathered for a reusable bag giveaway at the Euclid Senior Center, Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The bags are made from recycled plastic bottles. Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer

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