The Reason to Recycle Grocery Bags
“Paper or plastic?” It is the common refrain at every grocery checkout store, but there is a growing trend for people to say “neither” as they toss their reusable shopping totes onto the counter. Why are people opposed to the simple, easy, and FREE bags that the stores would provide? In summary, because they actually COST a lot more than money!
- PAPER GROCERY BAGS CAN BE RECYCLED IN YOUR CURBSIDE COLLECTION BIN
- PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS CAN BE RECYCLED AT MOST SUPERMARKETS
The Primary Problems with Grocery Bags
Here is a horrible fact from the Clean Air Council: every year in America there are one BILLION shopping bags used and tossed in the trash. This results in more than three hundred thousand tons of garbage in landfills. This is a plastic that eventually enters the food chain and is consumed by human beings and all of the other creatures of the planet too. This is a bad thing because it means we are getting toxic PCBs into our bodies, water, and environment.
Clearly, it is imperative that we reduce consumption of these bags and recycle them instead of tossing them into the nearest trash can. Not only are we reducing the pollution level of the planet but also reducing the costs that we have to pay in environmental clean up too.
Methods of Handling Grocery Bags
So, how do you recycle these things? The first thing to do is to determine if they are actually recyclable in the first place. All plastic bags tend to have a numeric symbol (identical to the 1 and 2 symbols for recyclable plastics), but will have to read 2 or 4 in order to be recycled. If a bag has a number 7, it CANNOT be recycled at all.
After finding the numbers, you can then just check with your curb side recycle firm. Some do take bags, but if this is not a possibility almost all grocery stores have bag recycling bins or areas where you can deposit your bags.