Plastic storage bags are easy and convenient, but they're also disposable and wasteful. Often we toss sandwich and freezer bags after using them only once into landfills. The first option is to wash and re-use the bags. Sandwich bags may not stand up to much abuse, but freezer bags can handle several washings.
Recently, things have gotten better as we have the option of recycling these bags at any plastic bag-recycling bin, like those now found at many grocery stores and supermarkets. According to a Ziploc spokesman, those bins we all thought were for plastic shopping bags are good for other plastic bags too.
Now, thanks to a new partnership between Ziploc and Recycle Bank, consumers can claim rewards for each Ziploc bag they recycle. Recycle Bank rewards individuals for being green by assigning points for recycling and other actions. The points can be redeemed for rewards like gift cards and discounted products, similar to the way the rewards systems work on many credit cards.
So, if you can't reuse plastic storage bags, clean and dry them, then recycle them along with any other plastic bags you have cluttering up the kitchen in a supermarket recycling bin.