Shop­ping Bags

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE -

Use wash­able (re­us­able) shop­ping bags if per­mit­ted by the store. Make sure to check with the store first. Wash­able shop­ping bags can be found on­line, or you can make your own with ma­te­ri­als you may have around the house. If you are able to use re­us­able bags at your lo­cal store, don’t forget to wash your bags fol­low­ing the CDC guide­lines for wash­ing cloth­ing, linens and other laun­dered items.

Some gro­cery stores and re­tail­ers have tem­po­rar­ily ceased re­cy­cling plas­tic bags. If you wish to drop off your plas­tic shop­ping bags for re­cy­cling, your best course of ac­tion is to 1, en­ter your ad­dress in the re­cy­cle search tool at abagslife.com or plas­tic­film­re­cy­cling.org to find a drop-off lo­ca­tion at a re­tailer near you and 2, call that lo­ca­tion first to con­firm that they are cur­rently ac­cept­ing plas­tic bags for re­cy­cling.

Other sin­gle-use items you can try to avoid in­clude in­di­vid­u­ally wrapped snacks, sin­gle serv­ing bev­er­ages and dis­pos­able kitchen­ware, table­ware, tow­els and nap­kins.

We hope these tips will help you safely re­duce your use of sin­gle-use items dur­ing the coronaviru­s pandemic and keep you on track in your ef­forts to make ours a cleaner, greener Bal­ti­more County. Be sure to keep an eye out for next month’s in­stall­ment of our Stay­ing Green Dur­ing COVID-19 se­ries, which will more broadly ad­dress trash, re­cy­cling, lit­ter and waste preven­tion.

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