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How do you recycle a plastic shopping bag?

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kelley55 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 8, 2009 at 11:10 AM via web

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How do you recycle a plastic shopping bag?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 9, 2010 at 6:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Actually it would appear that most of the re-anything of plastic shopping bags involves the re-use of them rather than actually recycling them, though the percentage of bags being recycled has grown significantly in the past decade.

A very large amount of the recycled plastic bags in this country and elewhere actually end up as a type of decking made of these bags that is resistant to weathering and rot and has become more and more popular over time.

The bags are run through a variety of processes that breaks down the films and leaves the processor with a pellet-like plastic that is then further processed into other materials.

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racoon | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 8, 2009 at 12:19 PM (Answer #2)

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well normally when you recycle plastic bags you just take it to the nearest Fred Meyer's and hand it to them and then they take care of it , or you take it to a recycling plant where they put it through a series of contamination process that melts it down and makes it into another bag.

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