Montgomery County shows the best practices for reusable bag use to keep residents safe while continuing to be eco-friendly.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis reusable bags have been a subject of discussion, with some groups claiming they present another medium for virus transmission. This has put state and local programs to reduce shopper dependence on single-use bags under fire for encouraging reusable bag usage. In response, many governments have either suspended their programs for the duration of the pandemic or delayed implementation of new ones.
In early April, Montgomery County Council considered suspending their program. After discussions with environmental advocates and labor representatives, an agreement was reached that the County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would engage in a campaign to encourage residents to take appropriate steps when using reusable bags.
“All of us are looking to maintain social distancing, but front-line workers need even greater protections from the possibility of virus transmission during incidental contact, like when at grocery check-out,” said Councilmember Jawando. “The County’s guidance is one way we can work together to protect people working in essential retail while preserving our preferred environmental practice of using reusable bags.”