While you are bagging bargains this Black Friday and Cyber Monday what are you going to do with the plastic bags and packaging your purchases come in? After a shopping spree at the mall you may find yourself amid dozens of plastic shopping bags and online purchases come with layers of bubble wrap. Your impulse might be to just toss these things in the trash, but don’t throw away these items! They can actually be recycled along with other plastic bags and films, such as:

  • Grocery bags
  • Bread bags
  • Case overwrap (from bulk beverages)
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Ice bags
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Ziplock and other re-sealable bags
  • Produce bags
  • Bubble wrap and packaging air pillows
  • Salt bags
  • Cereal bags

It is important to note all materials must be clean, dry and free of food residue.

Gather these items together and bring them to one of five collection locations on campus:

  • CMU
  • MacLean
  • Hagen
  • Nemzek
  • John Neumaier

The plastic bag recycling challenge is being hosted by the Sustainable Students Association until mid-April.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact SSA co-presidents Chaney Jambor at jamborch@mnstate.edu and Abby Bormann at bormannab@mnstate.edu. For more info about Trex recycling visit trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs.