Snohomish County Reusable Materials Exchange

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Recyclopedia: Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

Many grocery stores have bins where clean, dry, empty, plastic grocery bags ban be recycled.  However, consider bringing your own reusable grocery bags with you when you shop. Consider that the world uses between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic grocery bags a year. About 3% become litter -- hanging from fences or trees, clogging storm drains, and causing problems for wildlife. About 50% end up as waste. 67 bags weigh about 1 pound, so 500 billion bags = 7,462,685,567 pounds grocery bags going to landfills each year. Pound for pound, plastics contain as much energy as petroleum or natural gas. This represents a loss of almost 4 billion tons of energy each year. This waste of materials can be avoided if we each kept a few reusable shopping bags handy.