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March Recycling Tip: “Bag Your Bags” Program

King County’s “Bag your Bags. Bring ‘em Back” campaign brings together recycling, reuse and reduction right in your kitchen and grocery store.

We all end up with at least a few single-use plastic bags at home no matter how hard we try to avoid them. Now it’s easier than ever to recycle them. Just take your plastic bags to participating grocery stores, including Fred Meyer, Top Food & Drug, Albertsons and Safeway.

Nearly 50,000 tons of recyclable plastic bags and plastic wrap ended up in King County’s Cedar Hills Landfill last year, and this program helps us put those bags where they belong.

More kinds of plastic bags than ever before are now accepted by store collection programs. Types of plastic bags and wrap you can bring in for recycling include: grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper bags, shrink wrap and wrap for products such as paper towels and toilet paper.

The campaign is called “Bag your Bags” because that’s the way you need to do it. Always stuff your bags in a single bag, knot it up and take it into your local grocery store. Please DO NOT put plastic bags into your curbside recycle cart. Bags put in the recycling carts get stuck in the recycling machinery at the sort center.

Many folks are surprised to learn that a strong demand exists for recycled plastic bags to make products such as composite lumber. That deck you have admired at your neighbor’s house might well be made of composite lumber, which consists of plastic bags and wrap combined with reclaimed sawdust.

Recently more attention has been focused on the waste and litter problems associated with plastic bags. Reducing our consumption of bags by using durable bags will always be the most effective approach. But it’s bag-tastic that we now have increased recycling options as well.

For more information on King County’s Bag your Bags campaign, visit www.BagYourBags.com.

Information provided by the King County Solid Waste Division and the City of Auburn Solid Waste & Recycling Division, 9-9-11.