Single Use Bags

Subcommittee Leader: Jeana McNeil
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The Single Use Bag Reduction Subcommittee is exploring options for reducing Melrosians’ consumption of single use bags and plastic film. These materials exert a huge, lasting environmental and health impact and are largely unnecessary. Initiatives include reducing demand by impacting consumer awareness and education, limiting access to single use bags through voluntary or mandatory initiatives with the business community and increasing recycling of these materials.

The Recycling Committee has joined The Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) which is a new public awareness campaign designed to empower motivated stakeholders to contribute to a common goal: to make plastic film packaging a commonly recycled material with a strong and ever-­growing recycling rate.

Click here for a map of plastic bag and film drop off locations. See poster below for what can and cannot go in plastic bag recycling drop off bins.

Plastic Bag Recycling Picture

Blog posts:

Plastic Waste: Some Fish Can’t Seem to Lay Off It

Plastic Bag Ordinance Gains Support at Farmer’s Market

My Life without Plastic Bags – written by Michelle Desveaux

What To Do With Plastic Bags – Written by Jeana McNeil


Plastic Film Recycling

Plastic Film Recycling Video

Check this video created by MIT student Cherry Gao. Cherry’s video won MassRecycle’s College Video Competition.


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