Polyethylene (recycle #1) is the usual composition of thin film plastics such as those used for grocery bags. Most of that used for grocery bags comes from natural gas rather than oil as the initial feedstock.
Most grocery bags are actually #2 and #4 (high-density polyethylene film and low density polyethylene film, respectively). Your grocery store should have them labeled near the bottom. Many supermarkets are offering in-store recycling drop off locations for bags type 2 and 4. Check other bags, such as the wrappings of toilet paper and paper towels, because many of those films are #2 and #4 as well and can be recycled. Reusable grocery bags are a great way to completely eliminate the reliance upon plastic bags to carry home groceries.
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