Americans use and dispose of 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year! Many of these bags end up as litter…polluting waterways, hanging in trees, blowing in farm fields and ditches and causing harm to wildlife. Lately, we have seen an increase in the number of plastic bags collected during local litter cleanups. The Ocean Conservancy reports that during 2015, plastic bags were one of the top ten items collected during the International Coastal Cleanup with over 75,000 bags collected from U.S. waterways. Click here for the full report.
Image: Ocean Conservancy
After speaking with residents many are willing to help, but have stated that they struggle to remember their reusable bags. Many have them in their cars, but forget to bring them into the store.
“Got Your Bags?” is a marketing campaign that has been successful in other areas of the country and focuses on reducing bag usage by promoting reusable bags and also on recycling plastic bags by promoting local collection points. We kicked off the campaign at the Wood County Fair by passing out plastic bag dispensers for collection, shopping lists printed with a reminder and “Got Your Bags? decals. The decals can be placed on windshields as a reminder for shoppers. Visit our display to pick one up for your vehicle.
Reduce & Reuse: Take your reusable bags on every shopping trip. Using reusable bags reduces the need for plastic or paper grocery bags.
Recycle: Take your plastic bags back to the store for recycling. Although plastic bags (of any kind) are not permitted in curbside recycling bins or accepted at our local recycling drop-offs, many local stores provide recycling containers for this type of plastic. Plastic grocery bags are 100% recyclable and can be used to make new bags or turned into lumber for benches, playground equipment and more!
Click here for a full list of plastic bag recycling locations in Wood County.
Did you know? Locations accepting plastic bags can also recycle other types of film plastic such as newspaper sleeves, case wrap, bread bags, bathroom tissue packaging, produce bags and other similar items. Visit www.plasticfilmrecycling.org for a complete list of acceptable items.