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How much does it cost to clean up plastic bags?

How much does it cost to clean up plastic bags?

How much does it cost to clean up plastic bags? September 12 2011 | Rise Above Plastics , Bag Bans , by Bill Hickman Listed by Guinness World Records in 2010 as the 'Most Ubiquitous Consumer Item ', many people view plastic carryout bags as free but there are hidden costs that can affect us all. First, it costs the stores money to purchase any type of bag they are giving you. Some stores view it as free advertising as people walk around with their bags and others view it as a convenience for customers, either way it impacts your wallet in added cost of goods. If littered, plastic bags can cost cities thousands of dollars in costs to clean storm drains. If plastic bags make it to the ocean or other sensitive places and impact or kill wildlife, the costs may be impossible to calculate. If plastic bags are put into most conventional recycling bins they can gum up the recyclin...

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