The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store. It is estimated that worldwide plastic bag consumption falls between 500 billion and 1 trillion bags annually; that breaks down to almost 1 million every minute!
So, we are all left with a lot of bags and faced with the decision of what to do with them once we unload our groceries. Tossing them away is perhaps the easiest option, but these bags remain toxic even after they break down. Why harm the environment when they can be recycled?
Each of our drop sites around the county house a plastic bag drop off slot. These have proven to be a heavily used service, and we would like to thank you all for your recycling efforts. We would like to provide some additional options for getting rid of your unwanted plastic bags.
If you have large quantities, you can bring your bags directly into our office on South Detroit Street in Bellefontaine. This may be easier for you and for us when dealing with lots of bags.
Another great, super convenient place to take your bags are markets and grocery stores. Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Community Market all offer bag recycling services similar to the one that we run. If you want to support local business, all of the fresh fruit and vegetable stands could use plastic bag donations to put their products in.
Happy recycling everyone!