Plastic Bags are 100 percent Recyclable

The real solution to reducing waste and litter in our environment is to encourage comprehensive recycling.

Recycling is a growing industry that is having an impact

  • Families can bring their plastic bags, sacks and wraps to participating stores and drop them into plastic bag recycling bins. From there, the bags and wraps are picked up for recycling.

  • According to the EPA, the recycling rate of polyethylene (plastic) bags, sacks and wraps in 2010 was 14.7 percent, a 23.8 percent increase from 2009. Polyethylene bags, sack and wrap recycling has now grown in nine out of the last 10 years.1

  • NOVOLEX’s Bag-2-Bag program promotes plastic bag recycling by working with grocery stores and retailers to make recycling easier. Through this program, roughly 30,000 plastic bag recycling points have been established. Each year, more than 35 million pounds of plastic bags, wraps and film are transformed into new bags in NOVOLEX’s state-of-the-art closed-loop recycling facility.  

  • More than 90 percent of the U.S. population has access to plastic bag recycling.2

  • Plastic bags can be recycled into eco-friendly raw material for playgrounds, construction materials and new plastic bags.

  • An independent survey conducted in Denver revealed that residents overwhelmingly prefer recycling as an alternative to taxing plastic bags.3
    • 89 percent prefer plastic bag recycling efforts at local grocery stores.

    • 83 percent prefer educating consumers to reuse bags instead of taxing them at the checkout.


  2. Moore Recycling Associates, “Plastic Film and Bag Recycling Collection: National Reach Study,” 2012
  3. Survey of City of Denver Voters Finds Deep Divisions on Grocery Bag Fee; High Rate of Re-Use and Far Stronger Support for Alternatives

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