Translating the watch words of plastic bag and film recycling [QUIZ]

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Translating the watch words of plastic bag and film recycling
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What’s the difference between plastic bags and plastic film? Some film looks like bags. Some film is even called “bags.” And how do you know if it’s OK to recycle them “curbside” or “drop-off”? What’s the difference? Plastic bag and film recycling can certainly come with a language barrier. Take this quiz to understand the vocabulary, and the world will thank you.

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“Curbside” recycling means that _____.

If the contents of your bin don’t meet local guidelines, you may be contaminating the recycling stream. Currently, most recycling programs accept plastic bottles, paper, paperboard and cardboard curbside. 

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If your items are not accepted curbside, what are your options?

Drop-off locations for plastic bags and film include major retailers and grocery stores. Look for the signs the next time you shop and check to see if the items others have dropped off look like what you need to drop-off. 

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Are the plastic grocery bags seen in this photo examples of the type that can be recycled at a drop-off location?

Grocery bags can come in different colors. They can be plain or printed. But they are all made of the same recyclable material.

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For the most part, can plastic bags and plastic film be recycled curbside or drop-off?

Currently, less than 10% of local recycling programs accept plastic bags and film from your curbside bin. This is changing, but to be safe until you know the exact rules in your community, plastic bags and film should be taken to a drop-off location. To find a recycling drop-off location near you, go to plasticfilmrecycling.org.

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How close is your nearest grocery bag recycling drop-off location likely to be?

74% of the US population has a plastic film drop-off location within 10 miles.   

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Is a newspaper bag an example of plastic film that can be recycled at a drop-off location?

Newspaper bags, whether they are clear or colored, are made of recyclable plastic film.

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Is a dry cleaning bag a plastic film that can be recycled at a drop-off location?

Dry cleaning bags are also made of recyclable plastic film.

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Are food storage bags, like Ziploc® brand bags made of a type of plastic film that can be recycled at a drop-off location?

Storage bags are made of plastic film and can be recycled when clean and dry. 

Learn more about how to recycle your clean and dry Ziploc® brand bags at www.Ziploc.com/Sustainability.

 

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