BYOBag Week Registration

Do you live in New York City? Then you’ve seen plastic bags blowing through traffic, stuck in trees and clogging our sewers. If you’ve had enough of the litter and waste, you’re on the right track.  If you don’t think these bags are a problem, think again.

This September 15th-21st, Surfrider is joining up with a coalition of groups across the city to challenge all of New York City to bring their own bags instead of consuming more single-use bags like paper or plastic during #BYOBag Week. This challenge will support the passage of single-use bag legislation in NYC.  We’re saying no to all single-use carryout bags (including paper) to seriously improve our environmental footprint.

We know going cold turkey can be tough so we’ll be there to help you along the way. Every morning during #BYOBag Week we’ll be sharing the tips, tools and action items you need to help you put an end to bag addiction. Check out the events that will be taking place throughout the week here.

Are you ready to take the challenge? Register below and share this page with your friends, family and neighbors!


#BYOBag Week Events

Tues, Sept 16

Student Advocacy Day for the Environment
9am: Rally on City Hall steps
10am: Students meet with Council Members and staff
More information at

Reusable Bag Giveaway near Barclays Center
5-6pm: Citizens Committee for NYC reusable bag giveaway on the corner of Ashland Pl/Hanson Pl. (near Barclays Ctr.) with Council Members Cumbo, Lander, Levin on hand to distribute bags to commuters.

Thursday, Sept 18

Reusable Bag Give Away with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
2:30 pm-5:00 pm
GrowNYC 51 Chambers Street, 12th Floor

Reusable Bag Making Workshop at Children's Museum of the Arts in Tribeca (***DATE CORRECTED***)
4-6pm: In coordination with MINDFUL+ created by Chantal Fischzang and Gala Narezo, on view in the Pepperman Family Fine Arts Studio.
103 Charlton St.
NYC, NY 10014
More information:

Surfrider NYC Chapter Meeting
7pm: Surfrider representatives will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about current initiatives including #BYOBag Week, Bill 209 and the upcoming People's Climate March at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY.
RSVP here.

Sat, Sept 20

Reusable Bag Giveaway in Williamsburg
1pm-6pm: Community Outreach Tabling and Reusable Bag Giveaway at Southside Connex Community Street Festival, South 2nd
More info here.

Costal Cleanup at Soundview Park
8:30am -12:00pm
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Sun, Sept 21

People’s Climate March
Join Bag It NYC Coalition Members including Surfrider NYC, NRDC and Citizens Committee for NYC at the People’s Climate March. We’ll be holding signs about how single-use bags reduction can lead to reductions in GHG emissions and providing information about the NYC Council bag bill.
More info here.

More events TBA.