Plastic bags, also known as plastic storage bins, can be harmful to recycling because they can cause a chemical reaction with metals that are already in the waste stream.
There are many different kinds of plastic bags, which are commonly called microbeads or microbagged items, depending on their size and weight.
If you have plastic storage containers in your home, make sure they’re designed to hold all types of plastic, such as disposable items, reusable bottles and plastic utensils.
There’s also the issue of storing plastic items in the plastic containers themselves.
In a 2015 study, researchers found that plastic bags can create harmful concentrations of certain metals in the environment.
For instance, a small plastic bag that holds the contents of a plastic cup can contain the metals cobalt and nickel.
These metals can leach into the environment when plastic bags are used to transport goods, such a plastic container for a recycling bin.
In addition, plastic storage can contribute to the buildup of carbon monoxide in air, which can contribute significantly to the problem of carbon dioxide emissions.
You can avoid plastic bags by following these guidelines: Use reusable plastic containers, such in the washing machine, that can hold both reusable and disposable items.
Do not use plastic bags as disposable containers.
Keep all plastic bags away from other plastic items and from other types of trash.