Day Without A Bag Givaways

Day Without A Bag

With the coming of a new year, it’s time we make every day a Day Without A Bag.

Join citizens throughout California and pledge to bring a reusable bag whenever you go shopping. It’s a powerful step you can take to clean up your neighborhood and protect the environment. It’s one New Year’s Resolution that’s easy to keep.

Held the third Thursday in December, Heal the Bay’s fourth annual A Day Without a Bag will be December 16, 2010 (11 am to 1 pm) when Southland shoppers will receive an early holiday present, courtesy of a giveaway of nearly 25,000 reusable bags at more than 175 Giveaway Locations throughout Los Angeles County.

A Day Without a Bag is sponsored by Albertsons, EarthWise Bag Company, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and the City of Los Angeles. Participating retailers and supporters include Ralphs, 99c Only Stores, VONS, Subaru, Union Bank and Fred Segal Santa Monica.

For more information, please call 310.451.1500 x116, e-mail Meredith or visit

VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Leads Ban On Plastic Bags


LA County Becomes Nation’s Largest Municipality to Take Step

The Board of Supervisors introduced an ordinance banning
the sale of single-use plastic bags in Los Angeles County’s unincorporated areas. The County becomes the country’s largest government entity to enact such bold environmental legislation.

“With this vote, Los Angeles County becomes a national leader in the movement to promote the use of reusable bags,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “Single-use plastic bags take a significant toll on our environment and infrastructure. The vast majority of plastic bags ultimately end up clogging our storm drains, threatening our local waters and wildlife, and become blight within our communities.”

The new ordinance will ban plastic carryout bags and impose a ten-cent charge for paper bags at all supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and food marts. Retailers, such as supermarkets and large pharmacies, must stop offering single-use plastic bags by July 1, 2011 or face enforcement action; smaller retailers will have until January 1, 2012 to comply.



Cleanup Compton Creek Saturday!

Coastal Cleanup

Join Heal the Bay, The Compton Creek Watershed Alliance and Hub City Teens on Saturday, September 25th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 123 E. Artesia Blvd, Compton, CA 90220 (next to the Compton Crystal Hotel & Casino).

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Inglewood Green Mixer Thursday

The Green Mixer

Thursday, September 23, 2010
(6:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
355 E. Manchester Blvd
Inglewood CA 90301

Gain a greater understanding about GOING GREEN! Learn the Environmental and Financial Impacts.

Learn about rebates and other financial assistance programs for homeowners and business owners while they last.

Learn about lighting and sustainability, solar, weatherization, water and assisted mobility and much more.

Learn about the benefits and requirements of the SCE Express Solutions and Direct Install Programs.

South Coast Air Quality Management District Innovative Air Quality App

Residents of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), which includes the urban portions of the Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, and the county of Orange, suffer from the worst air quality in the nation. Now SCAQMD has launched the nation’s first fully featured smart-phone application for a wide range of air quality information.

The free application, designed for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, features the following sections:

• Air Quality – Provides real-time and forecasted air quality data, searchable by city, Zip or your current location within the South Coast Basin
• What Can I Do – Summarizes current air quality issues and provides tips on how to clean the air.
• Clean Air Congress – Provides an opportunity for the public to join the fight for clean air, participate in the regulatory process, subscribe to the Air Bulletin Newsletter, and contact the District.
• News – Provides information on air quality news, podcast, and options to sign-up for air quality alerts.
• Events – Lists air quality events including Governing Board meetings, committee meetings, conferences, town hall meetings, and workshops.
• Alternative Fuel – Provides locations, directions and details on alternative fueling stations (i.e. -natural gas, hydrogen, electric and propane) within the South Coast Basin.
• Carbon Footprint – Contains a calculator to calculate your carbon footprint and tips on how to reduce the carbon footprint and the production of green house gases.
• Smoking Vehicles – Provides an opportunity to report air quality problems and/or smoking vehicles with excessive tailpipe smoke emissions.

SCAQMD is the largest Air District in the Country and is responsible for cleaning our air and protecting air quality for approximately 17 million people living in an area of over 10,000 square miles.

Get the application now!