Sunday, March 6, 2011

More "No Impact" - what about those newspaper bags?

Trust me - this looks like a dull post, but the creative stuff is down at the end.   Don't miss it!

Despite all of the effort I've been making to reduce and eliminate waste and trash at our house, there are still some problem areas. One bit of "trash" that arrives daily is the plastic wrap the carriers now put on our Virginian-Pilot newspaper. I've been including these with my few plastic grocery bags, packing it all into one plastic grocery bag and taking them to my usual store's plastic recycling bin, which is generally located just outside one of the entry doors. 

I've been a bit concerned whether this was a legitimate thing to do, so today I actually went to the website that's listed on the bag itself. Turns out that combining newspaper bags with grocery bags is just fine.

Here's the link that says exactly what you can include in this kind of recycling and where you can take the result:

In a nutshell, here's what the site says you can recycle together at Bloom, Farm Fresh, Food Lion, Harris Teeter (and the site lists more grocery stores in our area):

DO recycle:

•Grocery bags

•Retail bags (hard plastic and string handles removed)

•Paper towel and toilet paper plastic wrap

•Plastic newspaper bags

•Plastic dry cleaning bags

•All clean, clear bags labeled with a #2 or #4

Note: Please recycle only plastic bags that are clean and dry. Please remove receipts.

And here's the DON'T list:

Do NOT include the following.
The following are considered contaminants and could jeopardize recycling programs:

NO food or cling wrap

NO prepackaged food bags including frozen food bags

(e.g., prewashed salad bags)

NO film that has been painted or has excessive glue

NO other bags or films

NO bio-based or compostable plastic bags

OR, if you know how to crochet, well... you can crochet some plastic bag garden hats!!!  Check this out:

And, yes, there is a blog dedicated to nothing but the things you can crochet out of plastic bags....  More proof that there is more crazy, creative stuff going on in this world than I ever suspect!! 

I'm going to have to find crochet hooks... and a tutor!

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