Recycling Plastic Bags

You wouldn't know it from all the plastic bags in the garage of our four-unit building, but San Francisco banned plastic bags at supermarkets and pharmacies on November 20th, 2007.

We've been good about collecting the plastic bags we've received over the last two years, but now what do we do with them?

Some Whole Foods and Safeways used to have collection bins, but they're hard to find lately. Cole Hardware still collects them. Where else?

Fortunately, I just found a site that has a searchable database of plastic bag collection sites.
Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber but can also be reprocessed into small pellets, or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets, containers, crates, and pipe.

You can help by returning clean, dry, empty plastic bags to recycling drop off centers or retailers and municipalities that provide designated plastic bag recycling bins.
Now if we would all just get better about bringing reusable canvas bags to the stores that still use plastic bags.
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