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Re: E-M:/ Plastic shopping bags



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Enviro-Mich message from Sally Neal <sneal@traverse.com>
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How about not accepting any plastic bags in the first place?
Start carrying your canvas, string, or recycled plastic and paper bags with you;
some stores even give you a nickel credit for doing so.
REDUCE, reuse, recycle.
Sally MacFarlane-Neal

Jeff Surfus wrote:

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> Enviro-Mich message from "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@email.msn.com>
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> Enviro-michers:
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> I know this has been discussed before, but I am writing an article about
> this problem so I need some info if anyone can provide it.
>
> Recently, the recycling stations here in Southeast Michigan have stopped
> accepting any plastic shopping bags.  The grocery stores used to have bins
> where empties could be dropped off for recycling.  All of this has stopped.
> When questioned about this, the standard line the grocery stores or
> recycling center operators use is that there is no recycling market for
> these bags anymore.
>
> My questions are:
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> Why has the market dried up (or was there ever a market to begin with)?
> Once again, have we been sold a bill of goods by the plastics industry as to
> the recylability of these bags?
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> What can be done with these bags, short of throwing them away, or saving and
> reusing them over and over?
>
> The bottom line is what can the everyday consumer do with these bags?
> Unless it can be made really easy for consumers to recycle (e.g. a drop off
> bin right inside the grocery store), they are going to throw the bags away.
>
> Any thoughts or ideas?
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> Jeff Surfus
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