Durable, reusable bags available to organizations serving populations with limited financial resources

The Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management Department (TCRMM) is pleased to announce that agencies and organizations serving people with limited financial resources are eligible to request a supply of reusable bags to distribute to their clients.

Made with fabric from 99% post-consumer recycled content, the bags are washable, foldable, and durable. According to the manufacturer, one bag can replace over 1,500 single use bags. The bags have been made available as part of the New York State Bag Reduction Law and are funded through a portion of the Tompkins County $.05 bag fee.

“Since the plastic bag ban, there has been a reduction in litter. The reusable bags will help make practicing sustainability easier for all Tompkins County residents,” said Leo Riley, TCRMM Interim Director.

Instagram square, reusable bag
Instagram square, reusable bag

TCRMM is prioritizing agencies and organizations that did not previously receive bags this year in order to maximize equitable distribution. There is an initial limit of 100 bags per agency, while supplies last.

To support reuse of these bags, TCRMM is providing downloadable messaging assets, including client-facing signs and social media assets. Click here to view and download the assets.

Since 2020, TCRMM has distributed over 12,000 reusable bags through a network of over 25 local agencies and organizations, including Loaves & Fishes, Enfield Food Pantry, REACH Medical, and Southside Community Center.

For more information on how to request reusable bags for your agency, please contact Kat McCarthy at kmccarthy@tompkins-co.org.