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Plastic recycling: beyond milk jugs and pop bottles

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 24, 2012

 Recycling plastic is always a challenge. That’s why I was happy to learn recently about a couple of opportunities for recycling plastic items.

Thanks to the folks from Trex, the composite decking manufacturer, I found out that grocery store collection bins accept a much wider array of plastic film than just plastic grocery bags. They’ll take any No. 2 or 4 plastic film, including:

  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Sandwich bags
  • Overwrap from bulk packages of toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water, etc.
  • Newspaper bags
  • Bread bags
  • Produce bags
  • Furniture and electronics wrap
  • Diaper packaging
  • Plastic shipping envelopes

 You can learn more by watching this video:

 I also learned that Method, the company that makes eco-friendly cleaning products, has teamed up with recycler TerraCycle to accept all kinds of plastic cleaning packaging, regardless of brand. Items accepted include bottles, triggers, pumps and refill pouches.

 You have to ship the items to TerraCycle, but you don’t have to pay for postage.

 The program is one of TerraCycle’s many “brigades,” which are group efforts to collect and recycle specific items. Charities receive donations for the items recycled.

 Information about the Cleaner Packaging Brigade and all of TerraCycles recycling brigades is on the company’s website.


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