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A Bag's Life Kicks Off in North Carolina

North Carolina today became the fourth state in the nation to join the “A Bag’s Life” recycling education movement which helps consumers find nearly 1,200 grocery and retail store drop off sites for plastic bags statewide.  North Carolina retailers and legislators gathered at the Legislative Building to announce participation in the awareness campaign, which provides a website ( with a zip code locator app.   

 A Bag’s Life, through quirky messaging like “Don’t treat me like trash” and “Gimme a second chance,” encourages consumers to reduce, reuse and recycle their free grocery bags. It also reminds people that other bags like those used for dry cleaning, newspapers and bread, as well as wraps and films used on products like paper towels or bottled water also can be dropped off at many retailers for recycling. 

“This program demonstrates what public and private groups can do when they work together,” said Heather Thompson, Director of Keep North Carolina Beautiful. “Recycling plastic bags is a simple earth-friendly practice that can yield tremendous results. By taking the extra time to bring grocery bags back to the store to be recycled, we are giving that bag a second chance to be made into something else like outdoor decking, park benches, or even new bags.”

 About A Bag’s Life in North Carolina

A Bag’s Life is a public education campaign that unites non-profits, business, community and government organizations around the common goal of promoting the three R’s as they relate to plastic bags — reduce, reuse and recycle.  Partners include Keep North Carolina Beautiful, the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association, Trex and the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council.  Participating statewide retailers include Food Lion, Harris-Teeter, Ingles, Kroger, Lowe’s Foods, Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse, Target and Walmart.