Established in 2007, Bag Central Station (BCS) is a campaign launched by the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance to address the issue of recycling plastic bags. This proactive program continues to provide consumers with a choice when they shop at their local grocery store (paper, plastic, or reusable bags) while minimizing the environmental impact of plastic bags.
How does this service help you?
• Facilitates consumer choices (plastic, paper, reusable)
• Reduces waste
• Reduces environmental contamination
Which types of bags are recyclable?
• Grocery bags
• Dry cleaning bags
• Bread bags
• Department store bags
• Shrink wrap
• Bashas’ (Incl. Food City and AJ’s)
• Fry’s (Incl. Marketplace and Mercado)
• IGA Family of Stores
• Los Altos Ranch Markets
FACTS ABOUT RECYCLING BAGS
The harm of incorrectly disposing plastic bags
• It takes months to hundreds of years for plastic bags to breakdown in landfills.
• Plastic bags eventually break down through a process called photodegradation, which releases harmful toxins into the soil.
• When mixed with curbside recyclables such as bottles and cans, plastic bags can cause severe complications and damage processing machines at recycling facilities.
What about paper bags?
• It is a common misconception that paper bags are friendlier to the environment than plastic bags.
• The production of paper bags emits 70 percent more pollution than the production of plastic bags.
• It takes 91 percent more energy to recycle a pound of paper than a pound of plastic.
• The EPA has recently stated that paper does not degrade much faster in landfills than plastic.
How Bag Central Station Helps Consumers
• Plastic bag bans do not solve the problem as most consumers will instead use paper bags.
• The solution is to provide consumers with a choice and the ability to correctly recycle plastic bags.
• Bag Central Station provides consumers with a place where they can recycle their plastic bags.
• Recycled plastic bags are turned into new bags, composite lumber, and other useful items.
FIND A DROP-OFF LOCATION
Visit PlasticFilmRecycling.org to locate your nearest recycling location
Composite lumber material.
If you are a member of the Retail Industry, City Official or a member of the Press and would like more information regarding Bag Central Station, please contact:
Bag Central Station is an Arizona Food Marketing Alliance Initiative
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