Recycling tip: Don’t put your plastic bags in the curbside recycling bin. Most recycling programs are unable to process them. They mess up the machinery and cause mechanical programs. If you put your recycling in a plastic bag, the workers at the plant probably won’t cut it open to see what is inside. They don’t know if it contains something safe and recyclable, like aluminum cans, or something dangerous, like used diapers or syringes. They’ll end up dumping the whole thing into the landfill. The bags can float away in the wind and kill marine life.
Leave your plastic bags out of the recycling and find a nearby grocery store that will take them. Reduce your use of these bags and go for reusable cloth bags instead (but be sure to wash them regularly.)