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Protect the Environment from Plastic Bags, Wraps, and Films

Plastic bags, wraps, and films can’t be recycled in your curbside recycling bins. So please don’t put plastic bags and wraps in your curbside bin if your recycling program says NO. But please DO recycle them. It’s easy. Here’s how…

More than 20,000 retail locations across the country – such as large grocery chains, home improvement stores, Walmart, Target, etc. – provide collection bins for these plastic bags and wraps, usually in the storefront close to the main entrance.

Since you picked up your grocery or shopping bags at these stores, why not just return them on your next trip? Many people collect them over time, along with dry cleaning film, wraps from paper towels, newspaper delivery bags and more, and then stuff them into the storefront bins. When these bags and wraps get recycled, they are turned into new products, such as backyard decking, fences, playground equipment, pipes… and even new plastic bags.

Any package that you see with the How2Recycle Store Drop-Off label can be recycled this way. Click here to enter your zip/postal code below to find retail stores, municipal recycling centers and private recyclers in the US and Canada that accept plastic bags and film packaging.

Of course, the best choice for the environment is to reduce your use of all bags and packaging. Shop with reusable bags and look for products with minimal packaging.

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Photo is reposted from National Geographic



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