Snack Bags Are Recycling Contaminants
The shiny lining in chip bags is often aluminum or a special mixed plastic.
Since recycling plants cannot separate the plastic outer layer from the aluminum inner layer, these mixed-material bags cannot be recycled.
Do chip bags go in the recycling?
The bad news is that chip bags cannot go into your single stream recycle bin, since most chip bags are made from aluminum laminated with polypropylene, also known as metalized polypropylene, or low-density polyethylene film. Instead, chip bags are remade into products like clipboards, tote bag or trash cans.
What can I do with empty chip bags?
Here are 10 ways to reuse potato chip bags.
- At picnics or parties, use for most any food that doesn’t need a lid container.
- Use in car trunk to store either clean or dirty rags.
- Use to wrap up breakables for transporting.
- Put babies dirty diapers, especially throwaways when you are going to use a public trash can.
How many chip bags are thrown away each year?
The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest end up in landfills or as litter.