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Posted on October 27, 2016 at 8:06 AM by Monica Boehringer
Plastic bags are made of a thin, stretchy material called a “film.” Films make up all types of bags like sandwich, newspaper and bread bags; as well as bubble wrap and packaging for paper towels and frozen vegetables. Plastic bags and films are NOT accepted in your recycling collection system. Why?
Bags and films wrap around the large rotating gears in the recycling sorting machinery, cause the entire recycling center to shut down for hours at a time to remove them. Plastic bags and films can be recycled but they must be separated from other recyclables. So, what should you do?
When properly recycled, bags and films can be recycled into composite lumber and make great decking, benches and other waterproof structures.