How Consumer Habits Are Sabotaging Plastic Bag Recycling

There are numerous reasons consumers should recycle grocery plastic bags. These include:

• Helping the supermarket keep overhead costs down, and this may result in more discounts for products sold in the store.

• Consumers are paid to return the bags. For instance, some supermarket corporations offer a 5 cent rebate on each bag returned.

• The environment is protected. The plastic bags take 1,000 years to disintegrate because they are made up of a very resilient plastic which is non-biodegradable. Besides filling up landfills, these bags also litter fields, clog up recycling machines, and threaten marine life when they fall into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Although many people appreciate the numerous benefits of recycling grocery bags, they often forget to put them in their cars on their way to the grocery store.

These habits are due to a stressed-out, hectic, and difficult lifestyle. People forget because they have many other things on their minds.

In fact, the situation has deteriorated to such an extent that ABC News announced that rebate for plastic bags may be a thing of the past.

Although, from the consumer’s point-of-view, forgetting to recycle five or more bags a month is not a serious problem, it is when considering the entire population of shoppers who use a supermarket. When you multiply the numbers, they can get very big.

If left unchecked, this negligence on the part of consumers can create a huge strain on everyone.

For example:

• The state may have to impose a ban on the use of plastic bags altogether because of the enormous cost of disposing of them.

• Taxes may be levied for the single use of plastic bags to discourage shoppers from using them.

• Grocery stores will have to continue to pay to keep enough bags on stock.

• As the overheads of the grocery stores go up, so will the price of products on the shelves.

• Landfills will continue to have to deal with the plethora of plastic bags.

• Environmental costs will continue to rise as state workers clean up clogged sewers and littered landscapes.

• The forestry department and other governmental agencies will have to continue to clean up water ways whose marine life is suffocating from plastic debris.

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