Soft Plastic Recycling Woes
February 4 2019
Recycling Woes. Has anyone noticed the mysterious disappearance of the soft plastic recycling receptacles at several of our local grocery stores?
At first, I thought it was a mistake or that perhaps all the stores were simply taking their recycle bins to the back to be emptied on the same day. However, after a month of searching, I started asking questions. The guest service agent a store we’ll call Stuff n’ Stash informed me that they no longer were being provided. I was a bit displeased, so decided to try my luck at a store we’ll refer to as Declining Numbers. Their customer service representative was a touch more explanative and divulged that the council had removed all soft plastic recycling bins since the stores are no longer providing single use plastic bags to shoppers.
Now, I am 100% on board with discontinuing the supply of plastic bags, however, those are just a fraction of what can go into the soft plastic recycling receptacles. Food packaging (cereal box liners, bread or rice bags) as well as wrap packaging, like what holds your jumbo pack of toilet paper together, used to be accepted at several of the grocery stores around town, but not anymore.
Also, I would like to point out that just because the grocery stores have stopped suppling plastic bags to shoppers, that many retail stores have not. Thusly there’s still a supply of plastic bags being released into circulation that now have nowhere to go but the landfill.
If the council really is responsible for removing the recycling bins, I please ask that they reconsider. If by chance, I have been misinformed, I apologise for pointing fingers and kindly ask that whoever is responsible for making this decision to please rethink and revise. Sincerely, Soft-Plastic