Reasons to Recycle

By: Lindsay Black

1. A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose.

2. 1% of plastic bags are recycled every year.

3. The United States alone uses approximately 100 billion new plastic bags per year - the average person goes through between 350 and 500.

4. Plastic bags make up over 10% of washed-up debris polluting the US coastline.

5. According to the British Antarctic Survey, discarded plastic bags have been found as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as The Falkland Islands.

6. In the past five years, over a dozen countries have banned or put a tax on disposable bags.

7. Some grocery stores even offer discounts for customers who bring their own bags - now that's incentive!

8. The average reusable bag has the lifespan of over seven hundred disposable plastic bags.

9. In New York City, one less grocery bag per person would reduce waste by 5 million pounds and save $250,000 in disposal costs.

10. Paper bags weigh nearly ten times their counterparts in plastic, requiring more fuel to ship them out to stores.