I had the pleasure of visiting the League of California Cities Conference this week in San Jose. We had a booth in the exhibition hall where we talked to countless city representatives about their desire to improve upon and expand their recycling programs. We were joined by Christine-Flowers Ewing of Keep California Beautiful, who was there to help promote the “Got Your Bags?” awareness campaign. “Got Your Bags?” is a public outreach and educational program aimed at increasing recycling of plastic bags in California as well as shoppers’ use of reusable bags. You can learn more about “Got Your Bags?” here: http://keepcaliforniabeautiful.com/pdf/GotYourBags.pdf.
After a busy few days in San Jose, one thing was abundantly clear: people want to recycle more. One easy way to recycle more of the plastics you use is to make sure you know all of the plastics that can be recycled in your area. It’s always best to check with your municipality to see what they recycle. Most municipalities post a list of recyclable items on their websites.
Virtually all curbside programs recycle plastic bottles, and grocery stores throughout the State collect plastic bags and wraps. Here is a quick list of all of the things that you can recycle with your plastic bottles and plastic bags (http://www.plasticsinfo.org/s_plasticsinfo/sec_level4_wrap.asp?CID=524&DID=8809).