Plastic Bags are 100 percent Recyclable (and Reusable!)

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 Environmental Protection Agency, the recycling rate of polyethylene bags, sacks and wraps grew 11 percent between 2010 and 2013, from 14.7 percent to 16.3 percent. In total, there has been a 74 percent increase in polyethylene film recycling since 2005.1

  • 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.

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  1. EPA, "Municipal Solid Waste Report: 2011"; May 2013 and Moore Recycling Associates, Inc., "2013 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report"; February 2015
  2. Moore Recycling Associates, Inc., “Plastic Film and Bag Recycling Collection: National Reach Study"; 2012

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