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The Perils of Plastic Film
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Plastic film seems to be everywhere you look these days, so let’s take a look at what it is and why it’s so important to dispose of correctly.

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Is it OK to put plastic film in the recycling bin if it says “Please Recycle”, is marked #2 or #4, or is a plastic bag full of recycling?
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A GROWING PROBLEM. A BIG OPPORTUNITY.

Out of all the materials that incorrectly end up at an MRF, plastic film is one of the worst. But we toss out so much soft plastic each year — an estimated 380 billion plastic bags and wraps in the US alone, equal in weight to 1.6 million cars — that we need to reduce what we can and find a way to recycle the rest. Find out why this is such a problem and how you can help!

 

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  • diane S. 4 months ago
    Wow! Did not know all of this. Now I do.
  • Mohi K. 5 months ago
    learn a lot
  • ALEX R. 9 months ago
    Good info. I didn’t know a few things and there is always room for making our world a better place.

    I don't have a cat, but could you not use something like oil cloth in the bottom of the box? If you have several, you can wash them between litter changes. I could be totally off with this since I know NOTHING about little boxes.
  • Lija W. 1 year ago
    When I emailed my grocery store, this is the reply I received.

    Our locations accept clean and dry soft plastics in the plastic bag recycling bins. Some of the items we take are included below:

    • Plastic package from toilet paper, napkins, & paper towels

    • Overwrap from shipping cases

    • Ziploc and other re-sealable bags (without a hard zipper)

    • Bread & produce bags

    • Cereal bags (soft plastics only, the ones that do not come in a box also)

    • Dry cleaning bags/protective plastic

    • Newspaper sleeves

    • Ice bags, salt bags, wood pellet bags

  • Lija W. 1 year ago
    I emailed my local grocery store and asked them what exactly they accepted in the plastic recycling bins. They sent me back a very nice reply. So the best solution if you really want to do this, is to email your grocery store and ask them what they take.
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