How to Avoid Sending Ziploc Bags to the Landfill

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Ziploc bags are a common item that can be reused multiple times before being disposed of.

The best way to avoid sending ziploc bags to the landfill is to wash them out and reuse them. After using them for food storage, simply rinse them with soap and water, let them air dry, and they will be ready for reuse. By reusing ziploc bags, you can significantly reduce waste and save money in the process.

If ziploc bags are no longer usable or if you have too many, you can recycle them. Look for drop-off locations at grocery stores, recycling centers, or through mail-back programs. Ziploc bags are usually made from plastic #4 (LDPE), which can be recycled into other plastic products such as plastic lumber, plastic film, or plumbing pipes.

Remember, if ziploc bags have had contact with hazardous substances or chemicals, they should not be reused or recycled. Instead, dispose of them in the regular trash.