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Sign up for plastic bag collection event for ARD 2014

A Bag’s Life is bringing you a way to get your school, group, office or community excited about recycling plastic bags and also honor America Recycles Day on November 15.

A recycling collection event will help educate folks that recycling plastic bags is as simple as bringing them back to a participating local store. It’s also a great time to explain that once recycled, this valuable material can be made into products like low maintenance fencing, backyard decks, benches and new bags.

Many communities offer curbside recycling for plastics, but what should you do if your city’s program doesn’t include recycling for plastic bags and plastic wraps? The answer is easy: take plastic bags and wraps back to a grocer or retailer who recycles them.

The good news is that many major grocers and retailers all across the country will take back bags and wraps, so recycling can be as easy as reminding folks to do it.

National grocery stores and national retailers all over the country — like Target, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Kohl’s and Walgreens — recycle bags and wraps, as do many local retailers. In fact, there are more than 15,000 store locations that collect these items across the United States.

A Bag’s Life collection event is a good way to learn by example and action. If people learn at a young age that it's easy to bring their bags back to a store that recycles, eventually it will become second nature. Instead of throwing plastic bags into the trash, they’ll look for a recycling bin and hopefully teach their parents to do the same!

Send us an email to and we will ship you a free kit with a variety of promotional giveaways, including tip cards, stickers and static clings for cars to remind people to recycle their plastic bags and wraps. These will be sent to you free of charge, while supplies last!