Plastic checkout bags can be taken for recycling to participating retailers and should not be placed in the home recycling bin. The bags are then compacted into large heavy blocks ready for further processing and conversion into raw material to make recycled plastic products.
Plastic checkout bag recycling drop-off locations in the Camden LGA include:
The impact that plastic bags have on the environment is staggering.
Over 200,000 plastic checkout bags are dumped in landfills every hour.
Only 5% of
Australians use more than five billion plastic bags per year - if these were tied together, they would stretch around the world approximately 40 times.
Plastic bags can take between 15 and 1,000 years to break down in the environment.
Many marine animals and livestock are harmed or killed by plastic bags that escape from landfill.
The best solution to this problem is to use reusable bags that prevent you using plastic bags in the first place.
Alternatively, take existing plastic bags to recycling locations listed above.Source: www.recyclingnearyou.com.au (Planet Ark)