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Frequent Plastic Bag Recycling Questions

2017-03-16 13:53:19 LGLPAK Read

1. Are Plastic Bags Recyclable?

Plastic bags can be recycled, however, that doesn’t mean they can be placed in your curbside recycling bin. Plastic bags require a specialized collection and processing system separate from other recyclable materials. Check with your city before placing any plastic bags or films in your curbside bin.

2. Are Plastic Bags Worse Than Paper Bags?

Though commonly debated, many are surprised to find out that compared to paper, plastic grocery bags can be a resource-efficient choice. Plastic grocery bags require 70 percent less energy to manufacture than paper bags. And produce half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the process, according to the Plastics Industry.

Though efficient to produce, it is crucial that plastic bags be reused and recycled. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade quickly and can cause problems for wildlife when disposed of improperly.


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