Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags: – Paper or plastic ?. A very common question asked by your local grocery bagger. Paper is always my bag of choice because of it’s recycling ease. Actually, fabric bags are really the way to go. Regardless of what bag you choose, be aware of opportunities to recycle those used plastic grocery bags.
Did you know that each year America uses 100 billion plastic bags? And, out of those 100 billion bags, only 1-3% of them actually get recycled! Unfortunatly, this means the remainder of those bags are going to a landfill somewhere, and it takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose. So, what can we do?
1. Plastic bags are 100% recycleable and can be thrown into your recycle bin. Check with your local curbside recycling program to double check.
2. Our local grocery stores have a drop off recycling program. Make sure the bags are type 2 or type 4 plastics. There should be a visible number on the bag itself. Look for the in store recycling bins for plastic and reusable shopping bags. If your store does not offer this service … push for it!
3. Use or plastic bags for trash can liners. This saves money and that bags gets an extra use before being recycled.
4. Reuse your own bags at your local grocery store. Clean out your bags and make sure you have them available at check out.
5. Use your plastic bags as mailing filler to protect your goods. This can prevent your merchandise from shifting in the box.
These are just a few ways to recycle plastic grocery bags. Be creative, but more importantly be aware now of using the bags life to its fullest or don’t use them at all.
Don’t Recycle – Think Precycle!!
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