Keep Fort Worth Beautiful
Can You Recycle It? Plastic Bags
Posted Feb. 16, 2011
Plastic bags often carry a recycling symbol, but they are not recyclable in the Fort Worth residential recycling program.
Most plastic bags are made from the same kind of plastic as a milk jug, which can be recycled. But unlike its more rigid cousin, a plastic bag can get stuck in the vast network of conveyor belts needed to sort the 43,000 tons of recyclables Fort Worth collects annually. Combine bags from all the households in Fort Worth and you have a recipe for jammed equipment and a costly halt to the sorting process.
Recyclers everywhere face the same problem, so make sure to recycle plastic bags through services that specifically handle plastic bags — a service provided by many grocery stores.
Even better, just don't use plastic bags.
We all see plastic bags blowing down roadways and stuck in bushes and trees, but choosing to take your own, reusable bags to the store can help make that a less frequent sight.
Many retailers offer reusable bags for around a dollar each, and they hold more items than the standard plastic grocery bag. On top of that, several local grocers give rebates for bringing your own bags, so they pay for themselves over time.
School Green Team Challenge
Email Keep Fort Worth Beautiful to receive an application for schools to receive recycling bins and other prizes for creating a school green team and working to green up the school body and operations.
Cowtown Great American Cleanup
The 30th annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup is scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m. March 28, 2015. This is Fort Worth's largest community cleanup, and we need your help to keep it that way. Registration opens in January 2015.
Help fund Keep Fort Worth Beautiful events and efforts to make Cowtown a clean place to live.
- Report a Litterer
- Graffiti Abatement: Visit the Graffiti Abatement website to learn more.
- Arbor Day, Free Trees and Heritage Trees: Visit the Forestry Section for more information
- Environmental Education: Visit the Neighborhoods website.
- Special Event Recycling: Check out recycling bins for special events.
- Conquer your Crud: Find out how to drop off hazardous chemicals found in your home at the Environmental Collection Center.
- Be Air Aware: learn more about air pollution in North Texas at Air North Texas.
- Reverse Litter: Commit to pick up 10 pieces of trash on Tuesday.