Trash the Bag is a month-long campaign in the City of Kissimmee to encourage proper recycling and reduce plastic bag dependency and usage. This campaign is bringing awareness to the City's residents that all recyclable items must be loose in their recycling bin since almost all plastic bags are not recyclable nor environmentally friendly. The City also encourages the use of reusable bags.
When plastic bags arrive at the material recovery facilities, they can get tangled in the sorting system causing the process to stop. This makes it difficult and costly to properly recycle and is the main reason why plastic bags must be kept out of your recycling bin.
When plastic bags are not properly recycled, they many times end up in a landfill or waterway, which can harm the environment and wildlife. It takes more than 500 years for plastic bags to degrade. That's why it is vital to keep recycled items loose and remember to trash the bag.
Some retail stores collect plastic bags as they may have a second use. It is encouraged to keep a bag collection in the house or office where you can fit bags that can be taken to a collection center.
Remember to keep plastic bags out of your recycling bin.
According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned to be recycled. The average family only recycles 15 bags a year, but most families take home approximately 1,500 plastic bags a year. Plastic bags that are not properly recycled end up in landfills or oceans.
In average, residents in the U.S. use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture, according to the blog www.biologicaldiversity.org.
Stores such as Walmart Supercenter, Publix, and Target, among other retail stores, offer bag recycling collections. The bins are located near the front entrance.
It is important to remove any receipt, crumbs, or any other material from inside the bag before taking it to a recycling location.
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