The amount of people recycling of plastic bags is on the rise. More and more people are finding ways to recycle their single use bags. This had lead to an increase of nearly 22 million pounds in 2009, to a staggering 855 million pounds of plastic bags recycled.
What lead to this increase? Was it just people becoming more informed? Well, the retail stores can take some of the credit in this increase. There are now nearly 12,000 locations across the US where people can recycle plastic film. Many retail chains such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Lowe’s offer a recycle bin for quick, convenient recycling.
Another thing that is in the works to help further increase the amount of plastic film recycled is a labeling system that the Sustainable Packaging Coalition is trying to launch. This would label suitable items with a “Store Drop-Off” indicator, so that consumers can easily find out if their bags can be recycled. This could only help to further increase our plastic film recycling.