I can’t do this on my own. It’s easy to place blame on others. The reality is, if I’m not reused or recycled, it’s because you chose not to take that one extra step by either finding another use for other bags like me or bringing me back to just about any retailer that originally gave me away.
Just remember three words — reduce, recycle and reuse. What you do next makes a big difference whether I end up as something different or as litter and trash.
Please, give me a second chance. Here’s how:
Bring your reusable bags with you, or if there is a self-checkout, pack your own bags with more items than checkers normally do.
The next time you head to the grocery store or retailer, bring back your bags. Many retailers accept plastic bags and wraps for recycling. (Click here for locations finder.) These include dry-cleaning bags, bread bags and wraps from paper towels, bathroom tissue, napkins, diapers and newspaper bags.
Recycling plastic bags and wraps is important because I’m made from valuable material that can be made into dozens of useful new products like low-maintenance fencing and decking, building and construction products and of course, new bags.
Bags like me and product wraps are fully recyclable, but require a different type of recycling than plastic bottles and containers. That's why most communities collect bags and bottles separately. Plastic bottles and containers usually are collected curbside, while major grocery chains ask that clean and dry, used plastic bags and wraps be recycled in bins in front of the store or near the checkout.
More than 90 percent of plastic bag owners reuse plastic grocery bags at home for things like lining bathroom wastebaskets, as filler in plant containers or cleaning up pet poop.