Live Consciously Idea #4 - Recycle Those Plastic Bags
Recyclebank, my questions were answered. It turns out they are not easy to recycle. This is in part due to their form. The fact that they are thin and floppy means they can get snagged or tangled in machinery. This slows down the processing and makes recycling in general less cost effective. There are recycle cans however at many grocery stores like Target, Walmart, Sprouts, and others for plastic bags. The bins specific for plastic bags can accept clean and dry plastic such as grocery bags, bread and produce bags, zipper lock bags, plastic packaging found around bulk food items, newspaper bags, and plastic cereal box liners. After reading this, I realized I don't have any more excuses. So, I purchased a third bin for my kitchen and three smaller ones for my bathrooms dedicated to plastic alone. When you drop your plastic in these store bins, they are taken to separate facilities where they are turned into composite wood materials, pallets, crates, and more. With this recycling option available I can't shed the entirety of my plastic guilt, but I can avoid the nervous breakdown that may come with trying to ditch all forms of plastic all together.