A ustralian use about 39 billion lightweight supermarket shopping bags every year There are two major types of plastic shopping bags L ightweight checkout style bags are most commonly found in supermarkets and takeaway stores and are made from high
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Plastic Bags About Plastic Bags Plastic bags are all around us we use them for shopping carrying and storing disposing of rubbish and more
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tralians use about 3.9 billion
bags every year, mostly as a single use item
There are two major types of plastic shopping bags.
style bags are most commonly found
in supermarkets and takeaway stores, and are made from
high density polyethylene or HDPE. The heavier
plastic bags found in boutique and department stores are
made from low density polyethylene or LDPE.
Plastic bags are linked to a range of environmental impacts.
Most are made from a non
renewable resource (oil) and used only once before being t
hrown away. As oil
supplies become scarcer, we simply can’t afford to throw away such a valuable resource. Plastic bags also
threatening risks to wildlife and livestock. Turtles, whales, birds and fish are especially
vulnerable. Plastic bags
floating in water can be mistaken for food. Once ingested, a bag can prevent the
animal from digesting food or can prevent them submerging.
Some council’s now accept plastic bags
in their kerbside recycling bins. Check with your
council first if they
accept plastic bags, otherwise keep them out of the recycling bins as they can get caught up in the
processing machinery and contaminate other recycling streams.
Most supermarkets have a front of store
bin that accepts single use plas
bags and reusable ‘green bags’ for recycling.
Working out what to do with some types of plastic bags can be tricky as some are labeled ‘Biodegradable’,
‘Compostable’ and ‘Degradable’
These types of bags unfortunately cannot be recycled.
made from plant
based materials like corn and wheat starch
, in the presence
of oxygen these bags will break down. However, in landfill
an anaerobic environment, the bags
generally refer to biodegra
dable bags that will biodegra
de within 6 months if
are made from petroleum products that contain metal compounds to help
accelerate their breakdown. Oxygen, ultra
violet light and/or heat chemically weaken degradable
gs until they become brittle and fragment into smaller pieces
impacts of these fragments are unknown
but a proportion end up in our waterways and the ocean
process may take up to 5 years to occur.
not be composted.
There are a growing number of options for recycling soft
It saves energy
refusing, reusing and recycling plastic bags reduces the need for the energy
required to produce new plastic bags
recycling plastic bags helps reduce littering and
our waterways and becoming a threat to wildlife.
It saves resources
plastic bags are mainly made from non
renewable petroleum based resources.
Recycling existing plastic helps reduce the n
use these re
t reduces waste going to landfill
plastics bags diverts them from landfill where they
are unable to break down.
refuse and reuse plastic bags.
When shopping take reusable bags with you.
ind out, through
council’s website, whether your council
plastic bags and to find your nearest supermarket
that accepts the
m for recycling.
Check out the
plastic bags and other s
oft plastic through
Increasingly, bans of plastics bags are becoming
n. See below for further information.
REDCycle Soft Plastics Collection Bin
Plastic Bags About Plastic Bags Plastic bags are all around us we use them for shopping carrying and storing disposing of rubbish and more - Description
A ustralian use about 39 billion lightweight supermarket shopping bags every year There are two major types of plastic shopping bags L ightweight checkout style bags are most commonly found in supermarkets and takeaway stores and are made from high ID: 7920 Download Pdf
Problems caused by plastic bags:-. What’s So Bad About Plastic Bags?. They are not . biodegradable.. They . clog waterways. Spoil . landscapes. PROBLEMS. They end up in . landfills . where it may take .
July 2011. A review of the Life Cycle Analysis on Carrier Bags – UK Environment Agency. 2. Background. In February 2011, The UK Environment Agency published a report, . Life Cycle Analysis on Carrier Bags..
Discussion with Class of 2016 . Environmental Charter High School – Lawndale, CA. Full Disclosure on who I am and who I work for. Cathy Browne – Environmentalist, Manufacturer of Plastic Bags – can the two coexist? .
Amy Maas . February 14, 2016. . Hennepin County . Environment & Energy Department. Minnesota Waste Hierarchy. emphasizes economic & environmental benefits of waste reduction & recovery. recognizes need to extract all possible materials and energy from waste.
Plastics. page 145. Plastics- the beginning. Cheap and durable. Alternative to glass and animal products such as ivory. Could be used to replicate a variety of materials. Plastics- the problem. Most types created from the fossil fuel, petroleum, a non-renewable resource.
The UK produces more household waste per head of . the population . than many of its European . neighbours. .. An island the size of . Texas. is forming in the Central Pacific Ocean……an island made entirely of discarded plastic debris..
Sierra Club Marine Action Team. Judith S. Weis. Trash and abandoned fishing gear (primarily large trawl and drift nets) float into protected, low-energy, shallow-water environments. MARINE LITTER - TRASH.
Nate Birkholz, Jessica . Standley. and Bo Xiao. MYTH. : Taxing grocery bags or banning plastic bags will reduce greenhouse gasses and save the planet.. TRUTH. : Since bags are a minimal contributor to all the problems associated with them (oil use, litter, landfill volume, etc.), bans and taxes simply won't do anything for the environment. And because the alternatives all require more fuel to create, recycle, and transport, eliminating plastic bags actually increases greenhouse gasses. .