Plastic bags get thrown into recycling bins by mistake and jam up recycling machinery.
During transport and at the landfill, they are a huge source of litter problems.
Plastic bags are one of the most common sources of ocean debris, where they can be mistaken as food by birds and fish.
Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, which means it will take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill.
When you go to a store, take your own reusable bags, or ask for no bag if you're only buying one or two items.
Take your empty, clean #2 or #4 plastic bags to appropriate recycling centers. Many grocery stores have collection bins where you can drop them off for free.
If your plastic bags are made from something other than #2 or #4, use them for something else, like lining your garbage cans, before throwing them away.
Content last reviewed 07.09.2020