City of Alexandria, VA
Plastic Bag Recycling Initiative
Virginia Retail Federation and Trex
Plastic bags not only use a non-renewable resource, oil, but also, pollute the environment and food chain when not properly recycled.
Alexandria and U.S. Plastic Bag Figures and Facts
There are simple steps, we can take to reduce waste and ensure that plastic bags do not end up as litter.
2. Reuse: Reuse plastic bags as:
3. Recycle: Recycling plastic bags and wraps is important because this valuable material can be made into dozens of useful new products such as low-maintenance fencing, decking, building & construction products, shopping carts and new bags!
Next time you head to your local grocer or retailer, remember to return:
The City of Alexandria, as well as other organizations such as the Alice Gerguson Foundation, organize local volunteers to clean up along City waterways. Upcoming volunteer opportunities include:
Homles Run Stream Clean Up
On November 14, 2009 despite the dreary start, 35 volunteers including individuals, City employees, families and Girl Scout Troop 168 helped clean up Holmes Run as part of America Recycles Day and the Plastic Bag Recycling Initiative. These volunteers collected:
Thank you to Whole Foods for sponsoring the breakfast goodies.
Four Mile Run Stream Clean Up
On April 10, 2010, 87 volunteers helped clean up Four Mile Run, as part of the 22nd Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean Up and the Plastic Bag Recycling Initiative. These volunteers collected:
Many grocers and retailers now offer plastic bag recycling collection programs that allow shoppers to return their used plastic bags and product wraps to be recycled. In most stores, plastic bag recycling containers are located at the front entrance or near checkout areas.
|Business Name||Location||Accepts Plastic Bags for Recycling||Gives Discount for Reusable Bags||Sells Reusable Bags|
|Presto Valet||1623 N. Quaker Lane||Yes; plastic dry cleaning bags and wire hangers||No||Yes; sells reusable dry cleaning bags|
|Whole Foods||1700 Duke Street||Yes||Yes; $.05 for each bag||Yes|
|MOM's||3831 Mount Vernon Avenue||Yes||Yes; $.05 for paper bags/$.10 for totes||Yes|
|Trader Joes||612 N. Saint Asaph Street||No||No||Yes|
|Giant||425 E. Monroe Avenue||Yes||Yes; $.05 for each bag||Yes|
|530 First Street||Yes||Yes; $.05 for each bag||Yes|
|3131 Duke Street||Yes||Yes; $.05 for each bag||Yes|
|3680 King Street||Yes||Yes; $.05 for each bag||Yes|
|5730 Edsall Road||Yes||Yes; $.05 for each bag||Yes|
|1476 Beauregard Street||Yes||Yes; $.05 for each bag||Yes|
|Safeway||500 S. Royal Street||Yes||No||Yes|
|3526 King Street||Yes||No||Yes|
|Shoppers||3801 Jefferson Davis Highway||Yes||Yes; $.05 for each bag||Yes|
|Staples||3155 Duke Street||Yes||No||Yes|
|3301 Jefferson Davis Highway||Yes||No||Yes|
|Harris Teeters||4641 Duke Street||Yes||No||Yes|
*Please call 703-746-4410. the Solid Waste Division if you know of another location/business that accepts plastic bags for recycling.
Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber through companies such as Trex. Plastic bags can also be reprocessed into small pellets or post consure resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets, containers, crates and pipes.
Recycled bags that are turned into composite lumber, are generally comprised of two equal substances: sawdust and plastic bags. The lumber made from these two recycled substances is used to make decking, door and window frames. When the recycling center beings the recycling process, it melts down the plastic. Next, the plastic is forced through an extruder, a machine that squeezes the plastic into long noodle-like shapes or small pieces. The extruder die molds the plastic before it is cut with a knife. Finally, the plastic exists in a form of composite lumber or tiny pellets that can be manufactured into other plastic items. Learn more about the process at Earth 9-11.
The City of Alexandria has partnered with Trex, an alternative lumber naufacturer, to increase plastic bag recycling in the city. Trex receives its plastic and wood fibers from reclaimed or recycled resources, including sawdust and used pallets from woodworking operations, and recycled plastic grocery bags from all over the country. Trex is located locally in Winchester, VA. For more information about Trex, visit: www.Trex.com.
The three R's, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are important to the sustainability of Alexandria and necessary components of any environmentally friendly city. The benefits include:
By making simple choices at home, school, work and the grocery store can help save resources, reduce pollution and improve the beauty of Alexandria.
America Recycles Day Pledge - Winners Announced!
Sisters at Polk Elementary are recognized for their recycling efforts, in conjunction with America Recycles Day Pledge! Naomi and Rebekah Corbin were drawn as the Local and Regional pledge drawing winners. Watch the Award Presentation Here!
America Recycles Day Local Pledge Card Winners: Beck Hensley, Steve Hartell, Naomi Corbin, Charlene Pritzker, Kara Macek, M Velten, Brett Sparklock, Elynn Simmons, Sue McIver, and Kathleen Chandler.
America Recycles Day Regional Pledge Card Winners: All local pledge cards were entered in Metropolitan Washington Council of Government ARD drawing. Two winners were chosen from two categories: All Ages and Student. Both names drawn are residents of the City of Alexandria. Congratulations to:
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle your Plastic Bags Submissions:
There are many ways to use plastic bags that are friendly to the enivornment . . . A more innovative approach is to use them as packing material . . . Click Here to Read More!
Thank you to all who submitted tips and ideas about:
Submission Contest Winners are: Residential Category: Jane Dionne, Kathryn Mukai, and Rachel Mohler; Student Category: Regan Mukai; Employee Category: Claudia Ruiz Fitzgerald, Beth Carton, and Karen Giuseppe.
Below is other information related to disposable/plastic bag debate: