I have been following some blog threads about plastic bags.... I have been trying to remember to take my reusable bags along with me to the grocery store. My grocery store takes off $.05 for each bag you bring and they use. That's not a huge amount but... better than having piles of plastic carry bags to get rid of. And I don't put veggies or fruits in plastic bags when I pick them out.
But bags from stores are not the only plastic we have to get rid. I don't use plastic water bottles and I don't got to Starbucks very often. I tell Hobby Lobby that I don't need a bag.... But I do get quite a few prescriptions and each comes in its own plastic lidded container. What do you do with them?? The pharmacy won't take them back or even use them again with your prescriptions. I washed and removed labels from the bigger ones and took them to my craft meeting. Thought others might find them useful and indeed some did. A teacher took some for storing supplies in her classroom and wants more! Hooray.. I hated throwing them out!
Our town used to have a recycling center but the gov't decided it was too expensive... and closed it. I don't trust the trash haulers to keep the recycle bin ( pay extra for that) materials separate. So stuff just goes into the trash and then the landfill. Oops forgot - glass recycling containers are in the grocery store parking lot. A beer brewery set this up so it could have a supply for making new beer bottles.
So this issue is going to get bigger and bigger