It is really hard to get away from plastic. You use reusable bags, but, what do you do with the plastic bread comes in? You buy fresh bread (no plastic) but what do you do with the plastic that surrounds toilet paper? In California, every grocery store has a recycle plastic grocery bag bin in the front of the store,but what about the other plastic?
A fairly new site called Plastic Bag Recycling (www.plasticbagrecycling.org) has store and salvage listing by state where you can drop off
- Grocery bags
- Retail bags (hard plastic and string handles removed)
- Paper towel and toilet paper plastic wrap
- Plastic newspaper bags
- Plastic dry cleaning bags
- All clean, clear bags labeled with a #2 or #4
The site is for both consumers, businesses and recyclers. If you are a business or a retailer, there is a toolkit that can help setting up a plastic bag recycle program.
You can also read success stories on the site.
From the Site:
Call to verify acceptable materials before visiting the drop-off location. If you have a large quantity, check with the manager for appropriate drop off procedures. Please recycle only plastic bags that are clean and dry with all receipts removed.