Apr 13 - Canadian Bag Recycling Site

The Canadian Magazine, Solid Waste and Recycling, recently reported on a new website to help Canadian citizens to recycle their plastic bags. The Website, launched by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), provides information on where, and how, to recycle one’s plastic bags. Paul van der Werf, Municipal Representative for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) in Ontario, stated

These bags are much too valuable a resource to be thrown out after a single use… Together, we can make a difference in improving the recycling rate of empty bags. The industry wants to help by raising awareness and providing information and practical tools, such as this consumer website.

The Full Article goes on to list many specifics of the web site. All in all, the site features are not so different from the plastic bag recycling site hosted by the American Plastics Council, which (among other things) lists locations at which people may recycle their bags. Valuable as such information is, there are currently few mechanisms that distribute knowledge of the site or its usefulness to the wider public.

CAW currently is sponsoring legislation, AB 2449 authored by Assembly Member Lloyd Levine, which would require large grocery stores to take back plastic bags for recycling, so that Californians would automatically know where to go to recycle. Find out more about our efforts by reading more on AB 2449.