Thursday, November 8, 2012

Recycling Plastic Bags

Personally, I can’t stand plastic bags. I seem to collect them even though I have cloth bags and they are not convenient to recycle as only a few grocery stores accept them. The same holds true for that thin, clear plastic that seems to encase everything that I buy. All this plastic seems to end up in the garbage 9 times out of 10. I also have to trash those foam containers that food comes in. If only there was a better way to deal with these plastics?

The City of Langley was the site of a pilot project called “Blue + 2” which allowed residents in City to put plastic bags, PS foam, and plastic outer wrap into curbside recycling. Overall the pilot project was a success.

It will be interesting to see if this program gets rolled out across the region. As you may know, BC has an extensive producer responsible recycling program and it is likely that this will be part of that program. You can read more about the pilot project from the City’s Council Agenda.

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