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Plastic grocery, bread, milk and frozen vegetable bags, and other similar products are recyclable at your local recycling depot. Please remove any food residues or other contaminants, stuff them into one bag and tie for drop-off.

Depots in Brockville:

  • Food Basics, Jefferson Drive
  • Giant Tiger, 300 Park Street
  • Metro, 237 King Street West

Statistics

The world uses between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic grocery bags a year. About 3 percent become litter-hanging from fences or trees, clogging storm drains, and causing problems for wildlife. Many bags are recycled. About 50% end up as waste. 67 bags weigh 1 pound, so 500 billion bags= 7,462,685,567 pounds of white plastic grocery bags going to landfills each year. Pound for pound, plastics contain as much energy as petroleum or natural gas, so this represents the loss of almost 4 billion tons of energy each year.

This enormous use of materials can be avoided if we each kept a few reusable shopping bags handy. Not only are cloth bags better for the environment, but as we reduce our “garbage” through Recyclopedia and other means, our use of plastic trash bags is also reduced. Ireland started taxing plastic bags a couple of years back, leading the world on a movement that is catching on elsewhere also. BBC reported the exercise a huge success “A tax on plastic shopping bags in the Republic of Ireland has cut their use by more than 90% and raised millions of euros in revenue, the government says”. Taiwan and Singapore are also moving to ban free plastic bags and in South Africa they have been dubbed the "national flower" because so many can be seen flapping from fences and caught in bushes.


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