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Share a Bag Program
As of September 1, 2011, new restrictions on the distribution of single-use plastic and paper carryout shopping bags are in effect in Santa Monica. The Share A Bag Program is intended to help meet the increased demand in the community for reusable bags.

An exchange for durable reusable bags

The idea is simple enough. If you have extra reusable bags, leave them at one of the Share A Bag Program locations. And if you forget your own reusable bag, pick one up from a Share A Bag bin.

Share A Bag Program Locations

  • Santa Monica City Hall Help Desk, 1685 Main Street
  • Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, 1234 6th Street #100
  • Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2427 Main Street
  • Real Offices Center Santa Monica, 604 Arizona Ave
  • Sustainable Works, 1744 Pearl Street
  • Office of Sustainability and the Environment, 1717 4th Street, Suite 100
  • Virginia Avenue Park Community Center, 2200 Virginia Ave.


phone: 310.458.4925

Retailers Donating Reusable Bags to Share A Bag Program

The next time you see a shopper with a distinctive "I'm a Santa Monica Local" reusable bag, you may be in the presence of a Share A Bag Program participant. 


Whole Foods Market has joined in the effort to make the transition to reusable bags a success with a significant donation of bags to the Share A Bag program. What's more, Whole Foods partnered with GreenVetsLA to produce these sturdy reusables, all made locally from reclaimed fabric otherwise destined for the landfill.

Other organizations that have donated to the Share A Bag Program include Santa Monica Place, the City's Resource Recovery and Recycling Division, 99¢ Only Stores, and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.


And a special thank you to resident Eugene Ohlberg, who has shared more than 200 reusable bags!
Last updated: Friday, 07/01/2016
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