Charleston County Public Library is halting the use of plastic bags at its 16 branches as part of efforts to fight marine debris in waterways and oceans.
The library received a $6,400 grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program, to purchase reusable bags. The library is offering patrons one free bag per household throughout June and July, or until they run out.
“This was a no-brainer for us, especially with the support of the Foundation and NOAA in purchasing the reusable bags,” library Deputy Director Jim McQueen said. “We are so excited about this collaboration and the potential impact CCPL may have in combating the growing pollution of plastics in our marine environment.”
The library will host a kickoff event for the bag giveaway and new policy on June 8 — World Oceans Day — at the John’s Island Regional branch at 3531 Maybank Highway. Representatives from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program will present information about marine pollution between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Other library branches will host programs in June and July.