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 Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled On Campus?

Posted on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

Yes, plastic bags can be recycled on and off campus (in Santa Clara county). However, making recycling centers are different so it is important to check with your local county to make sure that you can recycle your plastic bags.

Why can't all plastic bags be recycled everywhere? Because different counties use different recycling facilities, and each facility uses different methods for sorting out recyclables. Certain kinds of processes make it difficult for plastic bags to get sorted and as a result, they can get trapped in conveyor belts and cause the machines to jam ( When this happens, it is often very difficult and dangerous for workers to pull out those bags.

If you live in an area that does not accept plastic bags and are looking for ways to dispose of them without throwing them in the waste, there are many options. The best way is to bring them to stores and supermarkets that have plastic bag collection containers. Safeway, Albertsons, Target, Whole Foods, and many other retailers have collection bins specifically for this purpose. You can find a store location near you by simply using this link: Of course, it is always better to reduce the amount of plastic you consume, so next time when you are out shopping, try bringing your own reusable bag.

Tags: Eliminating Waste, Mixed Recycling, Off-campus recycling, Plastic, Recycling process, Waste, Wrappers/Containers

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