WASHINGTON, DC December 2, 2011 - Plastic bag recycling took on an educational and festive flair in schools, village squares, college campuses and retail store parking lots during America Recycles Day 2011, as community groups in 35 states embraced the message that plastic bags should not be treated like trash. In all, more than 130 plastic bag collection activities were held to celebrate the annual event sponsored by Keep America Beautiful and aimed at raising public awareness to reduce, reuse and recycle throughout the year.
(Greensburg) -- An environmental organization is calling on Pennsylvanians to recycle their plastic bags. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has launched a program called "A Bag's Life" that sets up drop-off locations for plastic bags at 30 retailers and 1,400 locations across the state.
Group president Shannon Reiter says grocery bags aren't the only types of bags that can be recycled.
Recycling has become a major priority in Philadelphia, for groups as diverse as the Phillies to SEPTA to the Mayor's Office of Sustainability to individuals opting to separate their plastics and paper and discard accordingly.
Now a group called Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, a non-profit focused on litter prevention and upkeep of neighborhoods, is launching "A Bag's Life," on America Recycles Day, Tuesday, November 15.
A few weeks ago, I was walking into the Weis in West Manchester Township, behind an older gentleman. He was carrying a bag full of plastic bags, and I thought "How nice that he's recycling those." Weis has a white, cardboard box outside - next to the trash can - that's clearly marked "Recycle plastic bags."
Today, KPB is launching "A Bag's Life," a campaign to promote the recycling of plastic bags and wrapping materials. This includes dry-cleaner bags, bread bags, newspaper bags. A rule of thumb: If it's soft plastic, it's okay. If it crackles when you crinkle it, no go.
During the city's deliberations over whether to tax or ban plastic bags from large stores, KPB more or less broke with other environmental groups in promoting plastic bag recycling instead.
Can you guess how many plastic bags are compressed into approximately a 3 x 3 brick? If you can, you could win a cool outdoor bench - made from recycled plastic bags - and donated to us by Virginia's very own Trex Company. Mil-tek, another Virginia company, baled the bags into the brick so we could bring you this fun contest.
Kudos to Kroger and Target for rockin' on their recycling programs.
Through Kroger's Plastic Recycling Program, plastic bags, dry-cleaning bags and plastic shrink-wrap can be recycled in all stores. Plastic bags are collected and recycled into other products like plastic landscape bricks, plastic lumber and other plastic bags.
This program resulted in 26 million pounds of plastic being recycled from stores and distribution centers last year. This represents a 180 percent increase in plastic recycling since 2007!
By Elizabeth Evans — James River Journal (June 6, 2011)
Guilty of throwing your plastic shopping bags out with the trash? Relax. HR Green is offering residents a second chance to do right by the environment when it hosts “Plastic Bag Forgiveness Day,” Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Peninsula Town Center in Hampton and Walmart at 7350 Tidewater Drive in Norfolk.