Hoping to boost recycling of plastic bags and stave off government regulation, the American Plastics Council of Arlington, Va., is launching a Web site that directs consumers to plastic bag recycling locations and provides information to companies and governments looking to develop programs.
The site, www.plasticbagrecycling.org, targets both shopping bags and commercial stretch and shrink wrap, and includes information on markets, recycling equipment, a tool for determining the economics of recovery and advice to public agency recycling coordinators on how to develop new drop-off locations.
The lack of recycling of plastic bags and film has attracted attention in California. State legislators considered - but ultimately rejected - a bill that would have taxed bags and other disposable packaging, and the California Integrated Waste Management Board has started enforcing laws requiring recycled content in plastic trash bags.
Tim Shestek, director of state and local affairs with the American Chemistry Council/APC's office in Sacramento, said the topic is likely to continue drawing attention in California, and around the world. Australia and other countries have moved to limit plastic bag use.
He said APC developed the Web site with Moore Recycling Associates in Sonoma, Calif., and is looking at pilot projects that would encourage shipping companies in office parks to pool their resources and recycle shrink wrap collectively. APC's statement said demand for the material is strong, particularly from plastic lumber makers.