Plastic Bag 101
Here is your not-so-fun fact of the day: plastic bags have a “use lifetime” of 15 minutes. These bags are designed to be used to carry your newly purchased items from the checkout to your car, then inside your home.
What happens next?
Most people think that because these bags are made of plastic they can be put in the home recycling bin. Many plastic bags even have the recycling symbol printed on them. But plastic bags are not recyclable through Greensboro’s residential recycling program. They have to be taken back to the grocery stores to be recycled.
If plastic bags go in your recycle bin, they wreak havoc at the recycling processing centers. Plastic bags, sheets, tarps, electrical cords, hoses, and other items called “tanglers” do just what their nickname suggests — they tangle around the machinery that sorts the recyclables. This tangling causes the assembly-line style plant to shut down up to 10 times a day while employees climb in and around spokes, cogs, and other dangerous mechanisms to cut the tanglers out.
Now that you are armed with this knowledge, spread the word!