Kudos to students at Fall Branch Elementary School for partnering with Food City to recycle plastic bags. Their aim, as Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg reported in Thursday’s paper, is to collect 10,000 plastic grocery bags by April 15 to win a Trex park bench for their school manufactured from recycled plastic.
In the process, students will learn about the advantages of recycling, while helping to keep plastic out of the landfill.
We would like to see more schools, as well as local governments, partner with supermarkets and convenience stores to educate consumers on their options on using plastic bags.
More importantly, local residents need to learn why using those plastic bags are so bad for the environment. Plastic bags don’t just go away. They have a 500-year life span, which means they will take up space in landfills for generations to come.
Reusable shopping bags are the environmentally friendly alternative to both paper and plastic bags.
Most major supermarket chains now offer affordable reusable bags, as well as provide an opportunity for customers to recycle their old plastic bags.