Double Up: Recycling Brown Paper Sacks

This reader tip will prevent you from feeling guilty if you forget your reusable shopping bags.

| February/March 2014

Brown Paper Sack

Here’s one creative way to recycle brown paper sacks after using them to carry groceries.

Photo by Fotolia/14ktgold

When I forget to bring my reusable shopping bags to the store, I ask for a brown paper sack at checkout instead of a plastic one.

At home, I put any recyclable items into the paper sack and then take them to the city recycling center. I drop off the cans, plastic and other items, and after the bag is empty, I simply toss it in with the cardboard recycling.

Clare Haffernean
Kalispell, Montana

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