Sustainable Warwick and Interstate Waste Services (IWS) have teamed up to encourage both reuse and recycling in the local area. Reducing waste that ends up in landfills saves both resources and money. Reducing waste involves both consuming less and reusing whenever possible. Recycling also provides a way to transform and reuse materials.
IWS is providing free reusable tote bags to new customers, as well as existing customers who refer a friend. The bags will feature the IWS logo as well as the BYOBag logo and web address of Sustainable Warwick (www.sustainablewarwick.org) and will include a BYOBag flyer with information about the rationale for avoiding plastic bags.
Concerned about the dangers of plastic bags, Sustainable Warwick has for several years promoted the BYOBag project. Signs around Town remind people to bring their own reusable bags to supermarkets and other stores. The organization has also collected more than 1,500 signatures on a petition to reduce plastic bag use. Bags bearing the BYOBag logo, designed by graphic artist, Christy Erfer, animator and illustrator at illustrated-ideas.com, a multimedia animated video production company, are currently for sale by local merchants. The BYOBag Committee has shown the film “Bag It!,” created displays at the Albert Wisner Public Library, and met with local officials and the supermarkets to discuss alternatives to plastic bags. For more information about Sustainable Warwick visit www.BYOBag.sustainablewarwick.org.