This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.
How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #4 Plastic Grocery Store Bags
We all go to the market for groceries, and many of us do a lot of cooking and so we find ourselves shopping around for things perhaps a few times a week even. It’s not always easy to remember to put the cloth or re-usable bags into the car or to take them with you, especially if you’re out and about, though opting for bags you bring to the market yourself is the recommendation this site makes. So if you have to use plastic bags from the store, can you recycle them? The answer is resoundingly, yes!
Plastic bags can be recycled into a wide variety of different products. While most plastic bags end up getting recycled into composite lumber, plastic bags from the grocery store can also be re-processed into small pellets, or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as pallets, containers, crates, new bags and pipe.
So how can you do your part to help out the environment if you’ve had to use the plastic grocery store bags? Start by returning dry and clean (and empty!) plastic bags to recycling drop-off centers or retailers and municipalities that provide designated plastic bag recycling bins. Make sure to check and see what the drop-off location accepts when you do your research.
Helpful Links on Recycling Plastic Grocery Store Bags:
Part 1/2 in the debate over Paper vs. Plastic Bags right here on Easy Ways to Go Green.
Part 2/2 in the debate over Paper vs. Plastic Bags right here on Easy Ways to Go Green.
Plastic Bag Recycling dot Org. The website name pretty much says it all. The site includes a state by state guide for where to find recycling centers that will accept your plastic grocery store bags.
Check out eHow where they offer more ideas about recycling plastic grocery store bags.
Information on Better Budgeting which includes 22 new and creative ways to recycle plastic bags.
REUSEit breaks down the economics behind the recycling of plastic bags, offering more evidence of why you should opt to bring your own fabric or re-usable bags with you when you shop.