This is random, but I’ve wondered for awhile what other sorts of plastic bags can go in those store-bag drop off containers. Turns out there is quite a bit.
Like me, you’ve probably never searched over the bulk plastic packaging when you purchase items like toilet paper. A lot of those bags are marked somewhere with #2 HDPE or #4 LDPE which means these also can go in the store bag drop. This includes bread and ziplock baggies.
Watch out though, veggie bags and frozen food bags cannot go in those bins even if they are clean and free from all food particles as the drop offs require. Veggie and frozen food bags have extra ingredients that make them a contaminant that would mess up the recycling of the the other bags.
“Well, I’ve heard the stores just throw those bags in the trash anyway, so it’s not worth the effort.” I’ve heard that rumor too. However, many stores do what is right. I can’t let my decisions to what is good for our planet rest on whether or not others are making the effort. If we all did that, nothing would get done.
As another run on toilet paper begins, consider recycling that packaging if you can. These bags cannot go in your regular recycling bins for plastic curbside or at local/area recyling, but there are lots of stores where they can go. For more information and locations near you visit this website today.
That bag of bags may sit in the closet or back of the car forgotten for several trips to the store like mine often do. That’s okay. Grab it the next time, or the time after that.
A little effort can go a long way.