Every day people use plastic bags to carry groceries or other store-bought items. Plastic bags are not biodegradable. This means that plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose. Recycling used plastic bags is a very beneficial action because you can reuse them with new functions so that they can prevent environmental pollution. To do recycling, deposit the plastic bag to the waste processing facility. Used plastic bags can also be reused at home or made into crafts so you don't have to throw them in the trash.
Method 1 of 3: Depositing Plastic Bags to the Waste Management Site
Step 1. Remove chewing gum, receipts, and other debris from the plastic bag
Check that the plastic is completely clean. Turn the plastic bag over to make sure it is completely empty.
Step 2. Make sure there is a #2 or #4 symbol on the plastic bag (if you live in the US)
The symbol is printed on the bottom or front of the plastic bag. This shows that the plastic bag can be recycled.
Plastic bags that do not have the symbols #2 or #4 may not be recyclable. If you have one, use the bag for other purposes around the house
Step 3. Put the plastic bag in a large garbage bag
Put about 50 to 100 plastic bags in it. Remove the air inside by pressing the plastic bag down so you can fit in more bags. Collecting plastic bags in one place can make it easier for you to carry them.
Step 4. Take the bags you collected to a shelter
Most large supermarkets provide plastic bag shelters in their stores. The storage container is usually placed in front of the shop entrance, which is marked "bag recycling". Put a plastic bag in the container for recycling.
Method 2 of 3: Reusing Plastic Bags at Home
Step 1. Make a plastic bag as a lining for the trash
One way that you can do to take advantage of used plastic bags is to use them as linings for trash cans. Cut the plastic bag and attach it to the bottom of the container so that the liquid produced by the garbage does not flow out into the trash.
You can also use used plastic bags to line other trash containers that tend to get wet, such as containers for compost and recyclables
Step 2. Use used plastic bags as trash containers around the house
You can also use plastic bags to line small trash containers around the house, such as in the bedroom or bathroom. When the trash is full, remove the plastic bag and replace it with a new one.
You can also use plastic bags as trash bags in the car
Step 3. Reuse plastic bags as a place to carry groceries
Keep a plastic bag in the car and take it to the store to bring the groceries. Make sure the pockets don't have holes and are thick and strong enough to carry groceries.
Step 4. Use old plastic bags to wrap valuables
Plastic bags can also be used to protect valuables such as family heirlooms or glass figurines. Wrap the valuables in a plastic bag before you store them.
You can also use plastic bags to wrap valuables when moving house. Plastic bags can also serve as good cushioning, especially if you stack them in several layers
Step 5. Use a plastic bag to cover the dirty areas in the house
Cut the plastic bag, then stick it on the counter or kitchen counter to protect it. This is especially useful when you are making crafts at home and want to protect the area. You can also use it to cover the kitchen counter while cooking.
Step 6. Use a plastic bag to fill the pillowcase
Put a plastic bag in the pillowcase for stuffing, rather than buying stuffing at the store. Squeeze a plastic bag and place it in a pillowcase to keep it inflated.
Put a plastic bag in a large pillowcase to make a dog bed
Step 7. Store plastic bags properly
If you collect a lot of plastic bags in your house for various purposes, store them properly so they don't fall apart and harm pets or children. You can store it in a plastic tube. You can also hang a large trash bag in the kitchen as a place to store plastic bags.
Store plastic bags in easy-to-reach locations, such as in the garage or kitchen, so you can easily access them when you need them
Method 3 of 3: Making Crafts from Plastic Bags
Step 1. Make yarn from a plastic bag
Plastic yarn, known as " plarn ", can be used for knitting and crochet. Cut the plastic bag into small sheets and connect each other into long planks. Use the plarn to make purses, totes, and placemats.
This can be a beautiful craft if you have lots of plastic bags of the same color. You can make a plarn from a plastic bag of the same color as the material for knitting or crocheting something
Step 2. Make a plastic basket in the form of a wicker
Use a thick, opaque plastic bag if you want to make a thick wicker basket. If you want to make a thin basket, use a thin, white plastic bag. You will need thread, a sewing needle and a thimble (metal mittens).
To make a wicker basket, you will need about 30 to 40 plastic bags
Step 3. Make flowers out of plastic
If you want flowers that don't crumble, try making them out of plastic bags. Choose a plastic bag with a pretty color to make flowers. You'll also need green thread, a sewing needle, scissors, and a knitting needle.