PRESS RELEASE -Chester County Recycling
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 1, 2017
For more information contact 484-796-4039
Nancy Fromnick, Chester County Recycling Coordinator
PAPER OR PLASTIC, THOSE PESKY PLASTIC BAGS
What is the better choice a paper or plastic bag? A reusable bag of course isthe best choice. However, other bags also have their place.
A few years ago, a couple of communities in California banned plasticshopping bags only to find out that the sale of plastic garbage bags andwastebaskets liners went up. They discovered that many people use the freeplastic bags they get at the store for kitchen and bathroom trash collection aswell as diaper and pet waste cleanup. The free bags were replaced with boughtbags. Those bans were lifted at the time.
Chester County grocery stores have collection containers at their entrances tocollect and recycle plastic bags. Some bags might rip or have a hole in thebottom, making them unusable for home trash collection. Back to the grocerystore entrance container is the place for them. But there are many other itemsto recycle in those containers you might not be aware of. You can also put inplastic newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, bread bags, product wrap (used onpaper towels, diapers, bathroom tissue, water bottles), food storage bags,produce bags, bubble wrap, LDPE/HDPE films and any film packaging or bag thathas the How2Recycle Label shown.
Please recycle only CLEAN and DRY bags and film andremove receipts or any other items.
Never put plastic bags in your curbside recycling bin. A plastic bag at arecycling facility can jam expensive sorting equipment.
Clean plastic bags mixed with sawdust will become plastic lumber – a deck, adock, a fence, bench or even an attractive outdoor recycling container.