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Recycle plastic bags in grocery stores

Plastic bags can be recycled! Yes, it is true. In fact, it is very easy to recycle plastic films as long as they are kept separate.

Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. Some of them get carried away by wind and end in our oceans. They cause harm to our marine wildlife and us. Research shows that even salt is contaminated with plastics.

To help more bags to get recycled, we need to separate them in our households. Most grocery stores have a ‘plastic bag only’ recycle program. Any store that hands out plastic bags is required to participate in this recycling program.
I asked store managers which kind of plastic bags they accept. I used to think that only plastic bags can be recycled here. But that’s not the case. They accept any plastic bag or film as long as they are not contaminated with food. That means bread bags, produce bags, newspaper bags, shrink wrap, zip lock bags and much more are recyclable! Please visit plasticfilmrecycling.org to browse the list of recyclable films and drop-off locations near you.
My Indian friends whose recycling shop won’t accept plastic films can consider doing something like this. My father who is aware of the time frame at which the rag picker comes around every day keeps the plastic film bundle separately next to the trash bin and he has noticed that he takes it for recycling.

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