Recently, officials added plastic bags to the list of unacceptable recycling materials on the Greenville website due to the fact that they get caught in recycling conveyor systems.

Bags that are no longer acceptable for curbside pickup include grocery, bread, dry cleaning, and newspaper bags. Other materials that citizens should not recycle in the city of Greenville range from glass jars and bottles to items with heavy food residue on them.

While you can no longer toss plastic bags in curbside recycling bins, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t recycle the bags at all. Instead, Greenville officials advise residents to take them to a local grocery or retail store.

Choosing to recycle your bags at one of these locations can help reduce unnecessary waste. However, an even more eco-friendly option is to avoid using them in the first place.

Using reusable bags at the grocery store in place of plastic ones can help protect the environment by eliminating excess trash and pollution. Plus, it could save you money in the future as Greenville City Councilman, Russel Stall, is considering imposing a plastic bag fee.

“When Reedy River floods, you can see how big a problem plastic bags are,” Stall said.

Placing a fee could help decrease such pollution by motivating people to use less plastic in order to avoid the extra cost. According to the executive director of Keep Greenville County Beautiful, Tina Belge, such fees have reduced plastic bag usage up to 80 percent in other cities.

Whether there is a fee or not, all citizens should practice carrying reusable grocery bags to help keep Greenville clean. Other ways to reduce pollution include picking up trash on the street or in parks and choosing to carpool or ride a bike instead of driving.

By making these efforts, Greenville residents can protect the environment and keep the city looking beautiful.

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