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Dutchess_lll's avatar

Can I put any film plastic in with the plastic bags I take to Walmart to be recycled?

Asked by Dutchess_lll (8708points) December 19th, 2018

I really want to recycle all that I can. Our recycle center does not accept flimsy plastics, but Walmart does. They accept the plastic bags anyway, so I take excess plastic bags to Walmart pretty regularly. Could I take other plastics like bubble wrap to Walmart as well?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Plastic film is NOT recyclable ! ! Take it back to store that sent you home with it. Plastic bag recycle! !

Dutchess_lll's avatar

@Tropical_Willie you say it’s not recyclable, then posted a link on how to recycle it. Not sure if that answered my question or not.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Most retail stores at the entrance and exit have bag recycle bins in my state.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The film bags are NOT recyclable through they are to be returned to the retailer !

Dutchess_lll's avatar

You lost me. Maybe we have different definitions of a “film bag.” I consider any floppy plastic, like a grocery store bag to be a film bag. Filmy. Flimsy.

kritiper's avatar

Plastic grocery type bags, yes. Any others, no.

kritiper's avatar

Because they reuse them. They can’t use the other stuff.

kritiper's avatar

Recycling involves three parts, so don’t mistake them as just one kind of “recycle.”
The three are: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@kritiper, but they accept all plastic bags from all stores, so they must melt them down, or go thorough some process to start from scratch to make them into Walmart specific bags.?

kritiper's avatar

Nope, they don’t.

snowberry's avatar

There are different types of plastic used to make plastic film, and depending on where you live and what type of plastic that was used to make that plastic film, it may or may not be recyclable. https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-commercial-film/find-recycling-solution/ PM me for more information.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@kritiper, so how do they change bags that have “Dillons” stamped on them, into bags that have “Walmart” stamped on them?

kritiper's avatar

They don’t.

Dutchess_III's avatar

So what do they do with them?

kritiper's avatar

Give them to the local food bank, for one…

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I meant what does Walmart do with those hundreds of thousands of plastic bags that people drop off to be recycled?

kritiper's avatar

They possibly give them to the local food bank so that people going there have something to put the food in so they can take the food home. It’s called “REUSING.” (Reduce, REUSE, Recycle. Get it? It’s all included in the term “Recycling.”)

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I don’t think there are enough food banks to field millions of plastic bags.
I’ll find out what WM does with them and get back to you.

kritiper's avatar

There are others who will take them, I just mentioned food banks as an example. I think second hand stores would also take and use them.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Goodwill here uses plastic bags stamped with “Goodwill” on them. They’ve eclipsed all of the other thrift stores. At least around here and in Wichita.

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