Although carrier bags today use 70% less plastic than they did 20 years ago, most are still made from polyethylene, a kind of plastic which is non-degradable. This kind of plastic takes a long time to break down, possibly up to hundreds of years. Therefore recycling the bags to make other plastic products is generally regarded as the best initiative
The growth of recycling initiatives for plastic bags across Canada means that most of the population have nearby opportunities to recycle their used bags. Canadians can recycle their plastic carry-out shopping bags either through their municipal collection programs or at retail store locations in their communities across Canada.
has been prepared by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association
(CPIA). The study is titled “Canadian Population Access to Recycling of Plastic Shopping Bags and Other Polyethylene Plastic Film in Canada”. The study was prepared by Canadian based company, CM Consulting.
The study has identified
around 550 municipalities across Canada that collect the shopping bag. Most of these also accept the broader stream of plastic bags and over wraps: dry-cleaning bags, newspaper bags, bread bags, produce bags, sealable food storage bags, wraps around paper products (napkins, paper towels, diapers, bathroom tissue), and case wrap from bulk beverages and foods.
To add to this. the report highlights that an extensive network of around 1,200 retail drop-off locations across Canada is in place. These drop-off facilities collect plastic carry-out shopping bags for recycling, most being at major grocery chains and mass merchandisers. On this basis, it was determined that the majority of Canadians – 83 percent – live near a store that accepts plastic carry-out shopping bags in their community.