The city of Malibu will mark its four-year ban on plastic shopping bags by taking part in a "Day Without a Bag" on Thursday, Dec. 20.
The environmental event, sponsored by local governments, some retailers and environmental groups including Heal the Bay, is designed to bring attention to how many disposable plastic shopping bags are used and thrown out each year.
"The city's ban on plastic bags is one of myriad ways that Malibu has delivered on its determination to clean, preserve and protect our environment, especially our ocean and marine life," Malibu Mayor Lou La Monte said. "This is part of our legacy to future generations."
Municipalities in California spend nearly $25 million annually to collect and dispose of plastic bag waste, according to organizers.
In Malibu, free reusable bags will be given away at Malibu City Hall, at 23825 Stuart Ranch Roach, while supplies last. Bags will be available at the reception area, Senior Center and at the city's open house while supplies last.
The city of Malibu was among the first in the state to adopt a ban on plastic bags, which include all commercial and nonprofit retailers.
Heal the Bay began coordinating the now statewide event in 2007 to bring attention to the impacts of single-use plastic bags which do not biodegrade, but break down into tiny pieces of toxic waste that enter the food chain by contaminating water and soil.