While plastic bags can be recycled, they are difficult to sort and contain.
Manassas, Va. (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
It is common knowledge that plastic bags are bad for the environment. In an ideal world, consumers would opt for either paper bags or the even more preferable option of reusable bags when checking out at the grocery store. While it is true that plastic bags are recyclable, it turns out this concept is easier said than done.
The plastic bag recycling debate is not new. However, an article recently published by the Bangor Daily News identifies this major concern among waste management officials. While plastic bags can be recycled, they are difficult to sort and contain. Many fly off of the trucks used to transport them before ever making it into the recycling process, sparking a litter-control issue that can quickly snowball into an eyesore.
Additionally, some consumers do not have the option of plastic bag recycling, as plastic bag recycling services are not offered in their area. This results in their plastic bags being sent straight to the landfill instead. Here, plastic bags can evade containment thanks to the Earth’s elements, such as gusts of wind removing a loose plastic bag near the top of the pile and carrying it off. In other cases, consumers have access to plastic recycling that does not include plastic bags, but continue to fill their recycle bins with them anyways. While perhaps set with good intentions, this practice makes it difficult on waste management agencies that are not equipped to sort the bags out and must resort to hand-picking.
In all cases, EnviroSolutions, Inc. encourages the use of reusable receptacles such as canvas shopping bags and cardboard boxes that will hold up for numerous trips to the grocery store. Not only does the utilization of reusable containers cut down on runaway litter and excess landfill debris, but it also allows waste management officials to concentrate resources on more pressing waste issues.
Even the conscious consumer can rack up a collection of plastic bags. “In this case, we recommend returning the used bags to a grocery store that offers a recycle bin specifically for plastic bags,” says Gary Hewes, Vice President of Operations at EnviroSolutions. For more information about the plastic bag recycling policy in your community, contact your local waste management official.
About EnviroSolutions, Inc.
For over a decade, EnviroSolutions has been providing waste collection, disposal and recycling services in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. With a targeted focus on customer service and safety, as well as a commitment to the environmental health and the communities of the areas they serve, EnviroSolutions provides complete waste service to the regions they serve including trash hauling, landfill services, and recycling services. Visit ESIWaste.com today for more information.