Plastic bag recycle  

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Rick
 Rick
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07/02/2019 12:06 pm  

Is it true that the plastic bags in which we get powdered milk, dried fruit, and lunch meat are not recyclable if they do not have a #2 or #4 plastic label or otherwise called recycable?   These bags are heavily decorated and generally have no clear plastic area so perhaps the presence of the dyes and inks are a factor.   Also, what about mailing bags that are not identified as #2 or #4?   They are often gray, and we can cut out paper labels.


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Mitch Ratcliffe
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07/02/2019 4:55 pm  

It is not true that any unmarked plastic is unrecyclable, but it does make handling it very uneconomical. Additionally, the contents are a form of contamination, so they must be cleaned. These are solvable problems.

Terracycle has several programs for plastic bags:  https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/collection-programs?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=plastic+bag&commit=SEARCH

The food packaging programs at Terracycle are generally branded offerings, such as the Malt-O-Meal program here: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/mom-brands-cereal-bag-brigade

 

 

Mitch Ratcliffe
Earth911.com


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