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What you need to know about plastic film recycling

plastic-film-imageDid you know that plastic bags are not recyclable through the curbside recycling collection program? If you put them in your recycling cart, they have to get separated out and thrown away. You CAN recycle them; you just need to take them to participating plastic film recycling locations.

What is plastic film? According to plasticfilmrecycling.org, “plastic bags are made out of “film”, or thin flexible sheets of plastic. Plastic film is typically defined as any plastic less than 10 mil thick. The majority of plastic films are made from polyethylene resin and are readily recyclable if the material is clean and dry.”

Here are some of the sources of recyclable plastic film: bread bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning film, consumer paper packaging such as for toilet paper and paper towel packages, most grocery bags, and even bubble wrap – if the air is released before recycling.

Once you start looking for it, you will realize it’s everywhere! An easy way to collect and store it at home is to take your largest plastic bag and stuff it with the smaller bags and film as you get them. Before you know it, you have filled up the large bag and can tie it up and easily take it to a drop-off location.

So, save those plastic bags and film, be sure they are clean and kept dry, and take them to one of the following local recycling locations:

  • Lowe’s, 910 E. County Line Road – offers plastic film recycling as well as recycling for compact fluorescent light bulbs and rechargeable batteries. Drop off is located at the returns and exchanges counter to the right after you enter the store.
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 815 S. Wheatley Street – look for the big box that says paper bags located inside the grocery store entrance.
  • Kroger, 7045 Old Canton Road – their bin is located just inside the door.

In addition, Target at 6365 I-55 North just south of County Line Road in Jackson offers recycling for plastic film as well as recycling for MP3s, cellphones, ink cartridges, and glass! The bins are located to the right after entering the main entrance.

Check www.plasticfilmrecycling.org for more information. You may also ask a member of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful for information.