Plastic bags have received a lot of media attention in the last few years, and for good reason. They are one of the most ubiquitous items in our daily lives—they hold our groceries and our shopping, we use them as garbage bin liners and to carry everything under the sun.

Plastic Bags & the 5R Hierarchy

Environmental resource management in the CRD is based on the 5R hierarchy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery and Residuals Management. The hierarchy applies to plastic bags as follows: refuse & reduce by utilizing reusable bags, reuse plastic bags as often as possible and recycle excess bags.

Refuse & Reduce

Take along cloth bags when heading out shopping (even to the mall!)
  • store your reusable bags in your car or backpack
  • make a reminder sticky for yourself (place on fridge or dash of car)
  • hang cloth bags on your front door handle to remind you to bring them along


Reuse any plastic bags you accumulate    

  • next time you shop, use your bag for items from more than one store
  • to line your garbage can
  • to pick up pet litter
  • as a receptacle for cooled fats, oils and grease from cooking


Recycle clean, dry and empty excess bags
  • take back to grocery stores for recycling
  • take shopping bags and your film plastic to a recycling depot

Recycling Opportunities for Plastics

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