Breaking the Plastic Bag Habit

plastic bag pollution

Single-use plastic bags – like the ones you use to carry your groceries home from the grocery store – are ruining the environment. They are so pervasive – the EPA says we use over 380 billion plastic bags and wraps each year in the United States – and lightweight that they easily escape into the environment and blow into rivers, streams and lakes where they contaminate waterways and confuse animals who sometimes eat them.

Across the globe countries and cities have banned the bags and some places have imposed single-use plastic bag fees. In Logan County, the Solid Waste District strongly urges everyone to use reusable bags when shopping. Or ask for paper bags (where available), which are inherently more recyclable and reusable than single-use plastic bags.

If you do find yourself using plastic bags, please remember to recycle them with us at our S. Detroit Street Recycling and Pay-As-You-Throw Drop-Off Trash Center (1100 S. Detroit St., Bellefontaine). It’s the only Drop-Off Center we operate that accepts plastic bags, also known as plastic film. Previously, the Solid Waste District did accept single-use plastic bags at all our locations but managing them became cost prohibitive because of the volume we receive.

We also accept bread wrappers, produce and food storage bags, product wrap and salt bags. Please make sure bags are clean from all residue and/or garbage. Please do not bring plastic bags with liners, bags that contain threads, weaving, strapping or cording. All plastic film products should be
dropped into the large, blue roll-off container on the property.

Never use plastic bags to contain other recyclables. The bags get tangled in the machinery at the materials recovery facility (MRF) and cause damage to equipment and slow production.

Once plastic bags and film are collected, they are baled and sold to be made into new products.

Learn more about how to recycle in Logan County. When you recycle more, you save on your Pay-As-You-Throw trash costs. Find one of our 16 Recycling and Pay-As-You-Throw drop-off centers near you.

1 Comment

  1. Lori Gibson on August 25, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    I agree 100%. We need to have presentations on recycling to recruit more people to participate and start kids early. Thanks to Logan County Bellefontaine for providing recycling services and centers!!

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