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While living without plastic is the ultimate planet-strong goal, there are ways to reduce your environmental impact even if you can't break up with plastic packaging just yet.
Depending on where you live, you might have access to plastic recycling programs. Check out our list below, or add your own knowledge in the comments below.
AUSTRALIA AND NZ
Keep your empty bread bags, biscuit packets, frozen food bags,
rice and pasta bags, confectionery packets, plastic shopping bags and old reusable bags out of landfill by bringing them in to selected Coles and Woolworths supermarkets instead.
Find a collection point here.
Almost all curbside recycling programs do not accept plastic bags (check with your local waste authority) – so plastic bags should be dropped off at grocery stores with plastic bag recycling programs (Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Target etc.). If you put plastic bags in your curbside recycling bin, they often clog machines at recycling facilities and thus actually hinder the recycling process.
Even at the grocery store, you may only recycle clean and dry plastic bags and films, including the following:
plastic carryout bags
dry cleaning bags
bread & produce bags
zip lock bags (remove hard components)
plastic cereal box liners
case wrap/shipping packaging (diapers, snacks, water bottles, paper towels)
Canada does an awesome job with plastic recycling, and there are collection points across the nation where you can deposit your soft plastics.
Canada uses some of the same systems as the US, so if you don't have a community program happening, check out retail drop-off points for plastics here.
Plastic films and carrier bags: Although these are not usually collected as part of your recycling service, they can be recycled in the carrier bag collection points at the larger stores of most major retailers including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, The Co-op and Waitrose.
Help the 1 Million Women community by adding any info for your country or region in the comments below!
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