Film/Soft Plastics and plastic pollution :
Plastic pollution is a huge environmental issue, but with the help of dedicated recyclers we've been able to make strides. Film plastics like plastic bags (sometimes referred to as soft plastics) make up a significant portion of plastic waste and environmental contamination, and a major factor is that recycling these materials has been more difficult. For several reasons, film plastics can't go into your curbside recycling. They are easily contaminable when mixed with other plastics in single stream recycling and can jam sorting machinery at material recovery facilities. The good news is that when collected and processed correctly, they CAN be recycled and diverted from landfills.
Take Action: Collect plastics and drop them off at one of seven locations in Washtenaw County.
All materials must be plastic only and must also be CLEAN and DRY. Acceptable materials include: plastic grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap (from paper towels, water bottles, etc.), dry cleaning bags, newspaper bags, ice bags, ziplock and other food storage bags, produce bags, bubble wrap and air pillows, and cereal bags. Please, no saran wrap. Saran wrap is made from a different kind of plastic and is often contaminated with food.
After you drop off your plastic at church or an alternative location, they will be taken to Recycle Ann Arbor's Drop-off Station and from there will be sent to Trex to be recycled into composite lumber. Remember, as you collect plastic bags and wraps for recycling, be sure to think about which ones you can eliminate and reuse!