Is there any place where I can recycle my plastic bags?
Plastic bags cannot be recycled at curbside because they get caught in the conveyor belt at the material sorting facility. Many of the larger grocery store chains accept bags for recycling, such as Whole Foods, Star Market, Shaw’s, Stop and Shop, Roche Brothers, and more. In addition to shopping bags, these stores often accept other plastic bags, such as clean, dry produce bags, bread bags, sandwich bags, and more.

Better than recycling bags, of course, is reusing bags or using reusable shopping bags. It is notoriously difficult, even for those with the best of intentions, to remember to bring reusable bags on a shopping trip. Here are some tips to help you remember:
- Write on your shopping list "remember to bring bags."
- Hang cloth bags on your kitchen door.
- Hang your purse on the same hook where you hang cloth bags.
- Use a cloth bag to hold deposit bottles and cans, that way you will have at least 1 cloth bag with you when you get to the store.
- Tape a reminder on your dashboard.
- Don’t get discouraged when you keep forgetting your bags. Keep trying.

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1. What happens to the materials I place in my recycling bin?
2. Are pizza boxes recyclable?
3. Can old pots and pan be recycled at curbside?
4. What materials can I recycle in my green bins?
5. Is there any place where I can recycle my plastic bags?
6. How do I recycle corrugated cardboard?
7. What do I do with old paint?
8. How do I dispose of my old smoke/fire detector?
9. How do I get rid of furniture and household items I no longer want?
10. How do I get rid of my old TV or computer?
11. How do I dispose of my trash and recyclables?