Reusable Bag Initiative

Reusable Bag initiative Committee

  • Gretchen Crowley
  • Sara Goddard
  • Melissa Grieco
  • Birgit Townley

On December 7, 2011, Rye’s City Council voted unanimously for a retail shopping bag ordinance, banning the use of single-use, plastic shopping bags. The law was the first of its kind in Westchester County, but part of a broader national movement to eliminate unnecessary single use disposables from polluting our environment.

Members of the Rye Sustainability Committee receiving the 2012 EPA Environmental Quality Award

Members of the Rye Sustainability Committee receiving the 2012 EPA Environmental Quality Award

Members of the Rye Sustainability Committee initiated the reusable bag campaign, educated the community, and advocated for the law. Although a local initiative, its success was heavily dependent on reassuring the community that the proposed legislation was not new or radical. We relied on guidance and support from the Rye community, but also from many key players outside Rye.

The Rye Sustainability Committee received much recognition for its efforts, including nationwide media coverage and a 2012 EPA Environmental Quality Award.