MoCo Plastic Free
During the month of May, Montgomery County encouraged local residents to go plastic bag free. Thank you to everyone that participated in the event. Over the course of the two event days we gave away over 700 reusable bags. There are still a few bags left. If you would like to receive a free bag contact [email protected] for details. Check back in fall of 2019 for additional #MoCoPlasticFree2019 days.
Did you know?
- Every second, 160,000 plastic bags are used around the world. On average each bag is used for only 12 minutes.
- Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags annually. thats about 307 bags per person.
- Even if you throw your plastic bag away in the trash it may still become litter. When the wind blows the bags at the landfill take flight. It takes 4 Bi-County employees 3 hours to pick up the stray bags after a wind storm.
- The amount of petroleum it takes to make 1 plastic bag could drive a car 36 feet.
How do I recycle plastic bags?
Single use plastic bags cannot be recyled. Please do not put them in the plastic recycling containers located at the County Convenience Centers. Plastic grocery bags can only be recycled by returning them to stores. There are multiple stroes throughout the community that accept bags (i.e. Walmart, Kroger, Food Lion, Publix, Lowes, etc.). The recycle container is usually located near the front door or by customer service.
Contact Us: [email protected] or 931-245-1867
If you would like to be added to our update list for sustainability events in Montgomery County please send your email address to [email protected].