Why does plastics grocery bags makes a good resource-efficient disposal bag.
- Plastics grocery bags require 40% less energy to manufacture than paper bags.
- For every 1 truck load of plastics bags, it takes 7 truck loads of paper bags to deliver the same quantity – this help to save energy and reduce emission.
- It takes 91% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper.
Why less material means less waste and less emissions.
- 2000 plastics bags weigh 30lbs, 2000 paper bags weigh 280lbs. Therefore plastics bags take up less space in a landfill.
• Plastic bags generate 80 percent less waste than paper bags.1
• Plastic grocery bags make up a tiny fraction (less than 0.5 percent) of the U.S. municipal solid
• The manufacture and use of paper bags generates 70% more air emissions than plastic.1
• Plastic bags generate only 40% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of non-composted paper bags and only 21% of the GHG emissions of composted paper bags.3
• The production of plastic bags consumes less than 4 percent of the water needed to make paper
Plastic grocery bags are fully recyclable4 and the number of recycling programs is increasing daily.
• Plastic bags can be made into dozens of useful new products, such as building and construction products, low-maintenance fencing and decking, and of course, new bags.
• There is high demand for this material, and in most areas, demand exceeds the available supply because many consumers are not aware that collection programs are available at local stores.
• In recent years, many grocers and retailers have introduced plastic bag collection programs. Consumers should look for a collection bin, usually located at the front of the store. The number of municipal drop-off centers and curbside programs to recycle plastic bags is increasing also. Consumers can locate plastic bag recycling programs in their communities by visiting www.PlasticBagRecycling.org.
• In addition to grocery bags, other plastic retail bags, dry cleaning bags and newspaper bags can be included wherever plastic bags are collected for recycling.
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