Double Up: Recycling Brown Paper Sacks

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

Brown Paper Sack

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

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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