Your Green Life: "Plastic Bottle & Bag Recycling"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Plastic Bag and Bottle waste has become an issue on the global scale, and recycling them has not always been an easy thing to do, but in this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson will look at a new, easy way to recycle these plastic products.

"Recycling is important in general because we can utilize resources that would otherwise be disposed of", says Katy Worley.

Typically recycling can be an inconvenience and also an challenge for those who want to, but now it's becoming a easier thing to do in Duluth.

"Message in a Bottle is a program that was started in April of 07. The whole goal of the program is to recycle away from home", said Ellen Telander.

And now when your out and about running errands, you can stop by participating Little Stores and Super One's to drop off your cans or bottles to the containers for recycling.

According to Ellen Telander, the plastic bottles that are collected can be used to make a variety of new products ranging from carpeting to clothing.
Another item that is now being collected and re–purposed by this recycling program is plastic bags.

"Its in the bag is a program to mostly recycle plastic shopping bags, but it also includes items similar to that such as Ziploc bags that are clean and dry without the zipper, salt bags that are clean and dry without the strings; and stretch wrap which a lot of business generate", said Ellen.

These bags are currently being collected at Super One and Whole Foods stores in Duluth. Also, what are these plastic bags used for?

"What will happen to the Material is it will be picked up and sorted, and then bailed and Trucks Company who makes decking will pick it up and recycle it into decking", said Katy.

According to the Recycling Association of Minnesota, they are planning on expanding both of their recycling efforts to other areas of the Iron Range in the coming year and next year as well.
In Duluth, for "Your Green Life" I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.