Some supermarkets will take them back to recycle them. The link below lists a number of places you can take them to be recycled, just choose your state. Of course you could always bring them back to the store and reuse them, or use them for trash bags in your house or vehicle, or for picking up after your pets.
Most municipalities that offer curbside recycling take them and the supermarket that provided them should take them back but in my experience the recycling container for them isn’t easy to find. You can search your local store website for information or just ask when you check out.
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Most American households have a growing number of plastic grocery bags stuffed in various nooks throughout their kitchens. Why is that? Since a typical plastic carryout bag weighs approximately 4-5 grams and can hold up to 17 pounds of product – nearly 2,000 times its own weight – they can come in handy. The question is what happens next? Plastic bags can be recycled. However, unlike plastic bottles, many curbside programs will not accept plastic bags. Based on their lack of weight, these bags can easily get stuck inside machinery during the recycling process. The good news is that many major grocery chains now accept plastic bags and plastic wrap at their stores. To really help cut down on waste, remember to reduce (Do you really need a bag for that DVD?) and then recycle.
Benefits of Recycling Plastic Bags
Besides clearing out space under your sink, there are a number of benefits to recycling your old plastic bags. Used plastic bags and wraps can be recycled to make a variety of new products.
Recycling plastics helps conserve energy by replacing virgin material in the manufacturing of new products.
Plastic bags are primarily made from natural gas, so recycling this material allows this energy to be made into new products or recovered for its energy value.
Recycled plastic bags and wraps provide raw material for making durable backyard decks, building and construction products and new plastic bags.
Recycling used plastic bags and wrap helps make a more sustainable product: America’s plastic bag makers have committed to achieve a goal of 40 percent recycled content, including 25 percent post-consumer material, in all plastic shopping bags by 2015. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 463 million pounds, conserve enough energy (mainly natural gas) to heat 200,000 homes and reduce waste by 300 million pounds annually.
It takes 91 percent less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper.
Recycling plastic bags is extremely important, especially when you consider that countless bags end up in the ocean where marine life can mistake them for food. A wandering grocery bag looks suspiciously like a jellyfish, the main food source for many turtles.
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