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I used to know a lady who took those plastic bags and used the different colors (with writing or whatever) and wove them into 3 dimensional picture tapestries, which she sold for a surprising amount of money. She would go to stores just to get their different colored bags. Who would pay $50-$60 or more for anything made out of garbage? Apparently there are plenty of people who will!
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I use plastic grocery bags for the following:

My wife uses cloth grocery bags as much as possible.

Small trash can liners; packing foot wear in my BOB; trash cans in my SUV; clean ones I use to pack BOB clothes in separating different items such as: socks; underwear; jeans; shirts etc.; after eating stinky food items such as fish or clam shells go in them and out to the trash.

Where we live the county land fill covers what the garbage trucks dump with sand almost as fast as the trucks dump the loads. All the garbage gets covered by the end of every day.

No, it doesn't gets dumped off shore only to come back with the tide....
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I've mostly stopped accumulating them. I generally use cloth grocery bags.

However, the few I accumulate are used as small garbage bags in the small cans, or recycling, or get recycled.

I would not spend much time making things out of these. They are biodegradable and last very short periods in sun or water.
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Most all recycle bins do not take grocery bags or any plastic film. It jams up the machinery and clearing by hand is expensive. But if all you have in a pile is plastic film it is handled separately and can be recycled. Recycling is about costs and keeping them down. Just a little contamination can spoil a batch.
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Trex plastic lumber is made from sawdust, plastic milk jugs and shopping bags.
At least that's what they were using several years ago when I toured their plant. They had six production lines with the plastic and wood fiber being ground into one end and a different dimension of (p)lumber being extruded out of each line at the other end. 24 hours a day. They couldn't shut down or the plastic would cool in the machinery.

It seems like a fantastic use although I never built a deck with it or spent any time on one.


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shopping bags are usually made of hdpe , as such it can be recycled somewhat easily

look online for designs pf filament extruders , its a simple steel pipe with a hopper on it a screw gear inside feeding the material into a a nozzle being progressively heated along the way

just shred the bags with a blender and extrude them into 3d printer filament

from there , i dont know print some pistol grips, knife handles , get more creative and print some chess pieces , you really only are limited by the strength of the hdpe and your own skill with fabrication.
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We mostly use reusable tote bags. Some places still provide plastic bags. Most of the ones that do still provide bags have a very nice heavy weight bag compared to the usual Walmart style bag. These we save most of them for reuse.

Like said, the thin flimsy ones get recycled, or used for small waste baskets around the house.

My mom, aunt, grandma used to weave door mat rugs out of bread wrappers. They worked well for that...
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I keep a plastic bag stuffed with plastic bags under the kitchen sink. Sometimes a plastic bag comes in handy for carrying stuff.
Then a couple times a year the overstock goes in the burn pile. They burn pretty well.
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They banned those in California.......another stupid law from this stupid state. They want people to bring bags. But no one does and most carry their smaller purchases out in their carts and chuck them in their cars. Or for 10 cents you can buy a heavier plastic bag that does not break down as easily, thereby negating the purpose of the law in the first place. Brilliant.......
Obviously it doesn't "negate the purpose of the law" since the purpose of the law is to reduce plastic bag use. Clearly it's working since you just said that most people just carry their stuff out to their cars without buying the bags.
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My wife used the bags to make this bag as a gift recently. Took 160 bags to make it.
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Paper trash storage until burn day.
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Drop them off at the local Trex Decking recycling collection:

https://www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/

https://documents.trex.com/is/conten...ers-usapdf.pdf

And you are not limited to just #2 or #4 bags like you are in a lot of places.
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Drop them off at the local Trex Decking recycling collection:

https://www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/

https://documents.trex.com/is/conten...ers-usapdf.pdf

And you are not limited to just #2 or #4 bags like you are in a lot of places.
I toured the Trex plant a number of years ago. It was pretty cool to see. At the time ot was 5 lines pumping out different extrusions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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We use ours for lining the bucket for the cat litter box scoopings. Trash can liners in the bathrooms. For the most part, we've gone with cloth bags for groceries.
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thank God I am not the only person in the world that has a plastic shopping bag full of plastic shopping bags
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Wish I could get some... hippies have banned them here.


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1)pack my lunch everyday
2)Crack 3 trays of ice cubes into 1 for my cooler
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I stuff a bunch into old empty Kleenex box for easy storage and access.
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Pooper scooper waste
Lunch for work
Packing material for small breakables
Recycle
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The recycle program in our county will not accept plastic bags. Neither will they accept glass, plastic of any kind, anything that has been in contact with food, or any paper items that are soiled. I guess we're supposed to put clean unwrapped paper towels only in the recycle bins.

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