Don’t Pitch Those Plastic Bags

For 15 years, In&Out Magazine has been the definitive source of “Everything that’s going on” in and out of the community. We thank you, our readers, as well as the businesses that support the magazine through advertising, for that opportunity. But with little going on, and many businesses suspending or canceling their ads during the Covid-19 crisis, we are suspending publication of the magazine and web sites for the month of May. 


 

Americans toss 30 million tons of plastic every year, and only 8 percent is recycled, according to the nonprofit Plastic Pollution Coalition. Unlike paper, plastic essentially never biodegrades, and experts are increasingly sounding alarms on many environmental consequences, given overstuffed landfills and a prediction that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.

Recycling, while not by itself a cure to the plastic problem, is one way individuals can contribute positively. But recycling rules can be very confusing. Plastic bags, for example, can’t go in curbside recycling bins, in part because they tangle sorting equipment. They are separated from other recyclables and sent to landfills. 

But—who knew?—grocery bags and many other thin, flexible plastic bags and packaging materials, including a lot of shipping materials that fill mailboxes during the holidays, can be placed in store drop-off barrels at Safeway, Fry’s, Albertsons and Walmart. 

Yes We Can

Among the items that can be recycled in this manner for later use in making synthetic building products or more bags:

  • Plastic bags provided at checkout at supermarkets, department stores and other retail businesses
  • Most other flexible plastic bags, including those used for produce, newspapers, sandwiches and even cereal
  • Most plastic wraps, like those used for bulk packaging of products like potatoes, paper towels and water bottles
  • Plastic shipping pouches, air pillows (deflate them) and bubble wrap
  • Plastic wraps used for furniture, electronics and other products
  • Any other plastic that contains the Store Drop-off label

Some, but not all of these recyclables display a Store Drop-off label (as with the plastic Amazon shipping packet below). Bags should be reasonably clean and dry, and do your best to remove paper shipping labels. 


No We Can’t

Among plastics that cannot go in store drop-off bins:

  • Biodegradable or compostable bags
  • Pre-washed salad mix bags (the crinkly kind)
  • Most pet food bags
  • Candy wrappers

For a full list of store drop-off recyclables and locations, visit www.how2recycle.info/sdo

Tip: Fill your reusable grocery bags with plastics for store recycling and pop them in the car for your next shopping trip.

Help a Homeless Vet: Plastic grocery bags—specifically only the type used at supermarket checkouts—can be dropped at the Anthem Community Center, where they are transformed by local volunteers into sleeping mats for homeless veterans.


Help Save Our Community
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country and even more so this community. Supporting local businesses during this crisis can help keep our community economically viable. Please strongly consider supporting the businesses below, In&Out Magazine's display advertisers, as well as those in the Classifieds section of the magazine (see the full April 9 issue in PDF form). Many of these businesses have been part of the fabric of this community for two decades, not just serving our professional, service and retail needs but stepping up to support local charities, sports teams and so much more. Tip: If you know you’ll need to schedule a service, consider contacting a local business you trust and paying the standard fee for the deferred service. The links below go to their web sites.

Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates • 602-242-4592
Anthem Senior Living • 602-909-9550
Appliance Pros • 502-501-5501
Business Network of Anthem • 623-455-9630
Carroll Law Firm • 623-551-9366
Century 21 Real Estate - Jeff Huff • 623-223-1221
Creative Home Enhancements • 623-551-5409
Daisy Dream Homes Real Estate • 623-879-3277
Daisy Mountain Dentistry • 623-551-5250
Desert Foothills Air Conditioning • 480-595-0938
Edward Jones • 623-551-0523
Element Dental Centers • 623-551-5555
Hand & Stone Massage • 623-551-6602
Kendallwood Design • 602-252-3844
Kodiak Roofing • 602-501-7717
Luv My PC • 480-703-6609
Merrill Gardens • 623-201-4881
North Valley Water Solutions • 623-551-0515
Preferred Business of Anthem • 623-551-0523 
Prickett Realty • 623-551-8111
ProSkill Services • 623-551-7473
RE/MAX Professionals - Mike Higgins • 623-640-7502
Rise Above Remodeling • 623-551-2013
Soft Water Plus • 623-551-7383
SonoranScapes Landscaping • 602-842-9948
State Farm Insurance - Justin Simons • 623-551-3700
Storage at Anthem • 623-226-8634
Sunset Cabinets • 623-687-6579
Thompson & McGinnis Attorneys at Law • 602-952-2666
Titan Tree Care • 623-444-8448
Titan Pest Control • 623-879-8700
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical • 623-551-6688

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Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.
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Robert Roy Britt

NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

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