Sunday, November 14, 2010

Plastic bag recycling (you can recycle many more types than you think)


Plastic bag recycling seems to be one area in particular of plastics recycling where a lot of people don't realize what types of bags and packaging are recyclable. Besides newspaper and grocery bags, you can recycle cereal and cracker bags, frozen-food bags, zipper-locking bags (cut the zipper part off because it's a different type of plastic). The key is that the bags must be dry and clean. (I think that's why they put frozen-food bags in the 'no' category when they used to be in the 'yes' category -- people were probably putting their wet frozen food bags with bits of onion ring still clinging to the insides into the recycling bin.) Here's a complete list, from the It's In The Bag program:


ACCEPTED MATERIALS
[Note: All material must be clean and dry]
Plastic grocery bags
Plastic retail bags (remove string ties & rigid plastic handles)
Plastic dry-cleaning bags
Plastic cereal bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
Plastic bread bags (must be dry with ALL rood residue removed)
Plastic produce bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
Plastic wrap from paper products (paper towels, etc.)
Plastic salt bags (remove rigid plastic handles)
Plastic zipper bags (remove top closing mechanism)
Plastic stretch/shrink wrap
6-pack holder rings

NOT ACCEPTED
Plastic bags with food residue
Frozen food bags
Plastic bags with strings
Plastic soil or mulch bags
Plastic zipper bags with rigid plastic closing mechanism
Plastic bubble wrap
Plastic food containers
Plastic bottles


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