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The Bag gives a shout out to Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents and its storied history dates back more than 400 years. So it was a thrill for me to get such a warm welcome on America Recycles Day 2010.

Our kick-off event was pretty darn great.

Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB), with Mike Baum at the helm and his trusty intern Dawn Neher right there beside him, organized the official rollout to honor your humble Baggie. The Virginia Retail Federation was right there, too, lending a hand.

A major highlight of the morning was when Maureen Matsen, the Deputy Director of Natural Resources, read a Certificate of Recognition issued and signed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

It was pretty special, too, to see KVB in the limelight. The group, which is doing some really great work for Virginia’s environment was presented with a check from Walmart for $85,000, which will go a long way to promote recycling and reuse of plastic bags like me.

In fact, KVB will use the money to award 10 grants of $1,000 each for initiatives relating to plastic bag recycling and cigarette litter. It also will help the nonprofit establish an interactive website to increase communication across the state.

So stay tuned for more exciting developments and news as I begin my Virginia adventures.  In the months to come, you’ll be hearing a lot more about our high school Video Contest.

You can find out about the contest on the website, but while you’re here, please take the time to check out the video of our launch event, filmed by Rocket Pop Media. See if you recognize any of the kids from Robious Middle School in Chesterfield County who came with their hundreds and hundreds of plastic bags to recycle.  These kids are awesome; they signed a big banner in my honor — and pledged to continue to Keep Virginia Beautiful.

And that’s the perfect segway to my final comment. As we approach the New Year, I hope you’ll all make the same effort to recycle and reuse your plastic bags in 2011 – and beyond.  And remember, finding a nearby store that takes back bags like me is as easy as logging on to You can look for me on twitter and facebook too.

See you soon!