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Wal-Mart Boosts Awarenes In Plastics Recycling

     Wal-Mart Stores aim to reduce plastic bag waste by an average of 33 percent per store by 2013. This would equate to a reduction of 9 billion plastic bags each year and more than 135 million pounds of plastic waste globally. Wal-Mart has reduced the number of bags given out by its stores, encourages the use of reusable bags and gives customers the ability to continue recycling plastic shopping bags. Most all grocery stores now have receptacles in place near their entrance for returning your plastic shopping bags. Some stores even offer up to 5 cents off for each bag you save them from using.
      Reducing plastic shopping bag waste could also help reduce government expenditures. For example, the state of California spends approximately $25 million per year to discard plastic bags into landfills. As a part of the plan, in September 2008, Wal-Mart de Mexico introduced reusable bags at one-third the cost of its current bags. In the United States, Wal-Mart began offering reusable bags in October 2008 and other grocery retailers quickly followed suit.
      In promotion of the 2010 Plastics Recycling Conference that I previously reported, I have a very insightful Adobe PDF presentation about the perils of plastic shopping bags in the landfills. I wish I could show this presentation to everyone. It shows just how bad the plastic bag situation is in our landfill. If you would like to see it, please send me an e-mail subject line “Plastics Bags”, to and I will gladly send it to you. It will really open your eyes to the situation of plastic bags in .


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