Tips to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Plastic Bags: Recycle

Tips to Recycle Plastic Bags

Plastic bags can be easily recycled in the US. Most grocery stores have bins placed in front of the store so the bags can be collected and recycled. There are also government drop-off sites and recycling centers.

These bags are then recycled into other consumer products, such as yarn, decking, park benches, and even new plastic bags. However, recycling rates are particularly poor and need significant improvement.

Therefore, it’s high time you set your priorities straight and recycle responsibly. Here are a few guidelines to help you in your recycling endeavors:

  1. Hang a plastic bag in your kitchen in order to collect plastic bags to recycle.
  2. Collect all dry and clean plastic bags labeled 2 or 4.
  3. Collect all other types of plastic bags, including newspaper bags, bread bags, and security bags.
  4. At the top of every grocery list, write down the words ‘recycle plastic bags’. By doing so, you will not forget to bring your plastic bags along with you on your next visit to the grocery store.
  5. Place old and used plastic bags in the recycling bins located at most retail chains and grocery stores.
  6. Avoid depositing prepackaged food bags, cling wrap, compostable plastic bags, or bio-based bags, because all of them are considered contaminants and would only hamper the recycling process.

So, keep these tips in mind, and play your part in reducing the negative impact plastic bags are having on our beloved environment.