A friend of mine from Canada recently sent a PowerPoint presentation regarding recycling plastic bags. It’s an interesting read; download and have a look. It’s definitely a world wide problem as I had discussed. I hope we can all start to take small steps first in the right direction.
Did you know that?
‘Data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.’ (National Geographic News September 2, 2003)
‘Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It cost more to recycle a bag than to produce a new one.’ (Christian Science Monitor News Paper)
“There’s harsh economics behind bag recycling: It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32” (Jared Blumenfeld – Director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment)