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Plastic bag recycling is easier in the new year

7:10 AM, Jan 3, 2011   |    comments
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That said, folks who are a bit more environmentally conscious and looking to recycle their collection of plastic bags will have more options for recycling them and keeping them out of the landfill. The first thing to keep in mind, however, is you should not put those plastic bags into your recycling bin.

Instead, bundle up those plastic bags, along with any plastic bread bags, dry clean bags and product wraps. Then, return your bags to the grocery store or to a discount store, like Whole Foods, Albertson's, Wal-Mart, Target and Lowe's. All of those major discount stores are now participating in a plastic bag collection program in 2011.

Plastic bag collection bins are usually placed at the front of the store, but if you can't find a bin for plastic bag collection, talk to someone in the customer service department.

Even though those plastic bags may have recycling symbols on the packaging, do not put them in your recycling bin for collection. Plastic bags gunk up the machines at your local recycling department and aren't as efficiently taken care of.

For green conscious folks looking to save money, there's also the Chinook Book. The coupon book ( provides discounts for restaurants, goods and services throughout the Denver Metro and Boulder areas. It also contains 3 free passes for RTD light rail and buses. The book is available online or in most local bookstores, such as the Tattered Cover.

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