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Marni 09-06-2006 03:42 AM

...they don't have a recycle number on them, but can they still be recycled?

EnviroBecca 09-08-2006 03:38 PM

Not in any recycling program I have ever heard of. Sorry.

They're good for reusing, though! If the bag is not torn and hasn't had anything really oily or staining in it, rinse it out and hang it over a spatula or something in your dish drainer. We have used some probably 20 times! Once a church friend gave me some food left over from an event in a bag he'd brought, which was the heavy duty kind with an actual sliding tab zipper, and I thanked him for the bag as well as the food. He looked at me funny. We had that bag for YEARS.

adoremybabe 09-08-2006 05:21 PM

We reuse our bags too! As long as they are cleanable and don't contain raw meat I say its safe!

BeagleMommy 09-08-2006 06:52 PM

We just turn them inside out and wash them with the towels. It works great on the name brand ones. IMO, the store brand ones really are disposable.

EnviroBecca 09-13-2006 07:54 PM

You mean you wash them in the WASHING MACHINE?

the_lissa 09-13-2006 08:16 PM

They are recyclable in my city's program.

quantumleap 09-13-2006 08:52 PM

You can recycle them in our city too. If you can recycle milk bags (the thick clear plastic kind) through your city's program, you can also recycle ziplocks. A quick call to your town hall or city recycling program should be able to answer your questions.
Katia

hubris 09-14-2006 04:23 PM

I've heard/read that some plastics intended for single use (ziplocs, takeout containers, drink bottles) can actually break down if used again, releasing chemicals into food. Any thoughts on that, as it pertains to baggies?

RiverSky 09-14-2006 04:33 PM

You can reuse them for dry stuff, like cheerios or crackers, just lightly rinse them out afterwards and use them again.

I believe they are made of #2 plastic and can indeed be recycled if your area recycles #2 plastic.

audreymichelle 08-23-2013 12:32 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marni View Post

...they don't have a recycle number on them, but can they still be recycled?

Yes - 100%

mommy2k&k 05-04-2014 12:01 AM

I will wash mine and let them air dry. I reuse them all the time, especially the freezer ones.

sharememories 06-26-2014 10:35 AM

Whoa... good idea guys! Super eco-friendly, wish I would have thought about it earlier... Now I feel horrid for throwing them out :( Never too late to change though right?

MaryClarens 10-29-2014 11:36 PM

I also re use some of my zip locks and I put some stuff on it. I also put some of my beauty essentials there. It is also great for travelling and organizing stuff in your bag. I also use some of my zip locks in organizing my threads for sewing and crocheting.


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