Principles of Public-Private Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Partnerships

Summary

Some cities and counties around the country are banning and/or taxing plastic bags. This heavy handed approach leads to higher costs for consumers which in-turn hurts small businesses. A better approach for local governments is to work with private businesses to educate consumers about their options to recycle plastic bags and film and put a plan of action in place to increase:

Principles of Public-Private Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Partnerships

  • Recycling containers – Cities or counties can work with retail establishments to place recycling containers for plastic bags and films in a prominent location within their store. This is done without mandates or ordinances.
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle message on bags – Partners agree to have a message on each bag that is more than the current standard “This bag is recyclable.”
  • Education and marketing partnership – The jurisdiction can commit to education and advertising on plastic bag recycling programs using the city’s available methods of outreach which may include:
  • Inserting notes/advertisements in municipal utility bills.
  • Promote partnership on the public access channel
  • Effective measurements – Participating retailers can voluntarily commit to monitoring recycling container volumes to help measure the success of the program.

 

Reference:

https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/wrap-consumer-content/