03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Day Without A Bag seeks To Reduce 6 Billion Plastic Bags Used In LA Each Year

What's colored and plastic and found all over L.A.? Plastic bags.

More than 6 billion of them are used by county residents each year, according to the 2007 report "An Overview of Carryout Bags in Los Angeles County."

This Thursday, Dec. 17, shoppers at more than 50 locations in L.A. County will have the chance to reduce their plastic-bag use through a reusable-bag giveaway program known as A Day Without a Bag. More than 20,000 reusable carryalls will be given away free at the third annual event, which is organized through a coalition of retailers, local government and environmental groups.

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