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« on: March 26, 2007 01:46:17 PM »

My newspaper always comes in those little colored bags that I feel too guilty to throw away but can't recycle (my garbage company only takes plastics that have necks- milk jugs, bottles, etc.). Any suggestions??
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2007 07:37:06 PM »

If you know how to knit or crochet you can cut the bags into strips and tie them together, making "yarn."
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2007 08:12:14 PM »

Crap. I don't really know how to knit/crochet... Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2007 09:13:41 PM »

I was going to suggest knitting/crocheting them into a bag too... Smiley

If you're dedicated to recycling, you could take them shopping with you and use them to hold produce.

Also, you should check with your local grocery stores. I know some of them accept regular plastic bags for recycling. They might take the newspaper bags too.
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2007 10:40:54 PM »

this may be a bit gross but if you have a dog and you take it for a walk you could use the bags to put poop in.  Yeah it would still be thrown away but at least it had some use.
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2007 06:36:07 AM »

Along those same lines--you can take them to a local dog park.  Mine is ALWAYS running out of bags, and I'm sure the people (and dogs!) there would appreciate a clean park.
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2007 09:13:50 PM »

I get those bags too.

I usually give them back to the letter carrier.

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2007 01:44:44 PM »

Give them to an animal shelter or animal hospital.  Gross, but they're perfect for scooping poop.  Unlike some, they almost never have holes in them.  TMI?
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2007 11:27:17 AM »

Well, when my brother was a paperboy, there was a lady on his route, who would always save the platic bags, and rubberbands to give back to him.  You could always do that.  Sometimes the paperboy actually has to pay for these things himself. 

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Do not take them the "grocery store recycling" bin, if it is offered.  If your city doesn't recycle them, then the grocery store in that city doesn't either.  The store just throws them away.  My sister worked at one such place, and I've heard the same thing from other people who who work at grocery stores from other areas.  Now one asks, "Why would they have the bin if they would just throw them away?"  because customers will constantly tell them they should have one to recycle the plastic bags.
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2007 12:34:47 PM »

I have the same problem...you can cut them into strips and braid into a bracelet...I did that with plastic bags from stores and they look OK...this doesn't get rid of them in bulk, though...*thinks*

Use them as trash bags in a car or small trash can...?
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