Cashier Bianca Kurian (L) hands out free reusable grocery bags at a Whole Foods Market natural and organic foods stores.
City officials in Alexandria are launching a campaign to promote reusable bags and recycling plastic bags to make the area more environmentally friendly.
The initiative kicks off Monday. Officials are asking residents to bring their plastic bags for recycling at three locations in exchange for a free reusable bag. Plastic bags can be recycled Monday at the Braddock Road Metro station, Market Square in Old Town Alexandria and Colasanto Park.
The initiative is funded by a state grant. The city will air a public service announcement and work with local businesses to increase plastic bag recycling.