WOOL paper bags were designed for use in your car and office, but now the paper bags in your home can also be recycled.
And that means you can take your paper bags to the landfill for recycling.
A new paper bag recycling program in New Jersey, dubbed “Bridging the Gap,” has been rolling out to residents for the past month.
A $1,000 deposit will get you one of four recycled paper bags and you can pick one up at any local community center.
It’s free for residents, businesses and school districts, as well as for businesses that use the paper.
This program also includes an additional $50 per bag for businesses with 50 or more employees.
“I think it’s really important to take action,” said Stephanie Buehler, an associate director at Bridging the Gates, a nonprofit group that works with businesses and government agencies to encourage recycling.
“Businesses that are using paper bags can also save money because they save money in the paper bag itself and they can save money at the landfill.”
Bridging is partnering with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NJIT, the New York State Department of Conservation, and the New Brunswick Department of Parks and Recreation to implement the program.
For businesses that want to participate, Bridging says it can provide free, recycled paper bag recyclers.
Bridging also offers free bag pickup at businesses that are part of Bridging’s Bridging Program.
The paper bags are then shipped to a recycling facility in Newark, which will process them and deliver them to the New Bergen, Bergen County, Newark, Camden, Elizabeth, Gloucester, New Brunswick, Trenton, Ocean, Essex and New Brunswick towns.
For residents, Bridged will pay for the paper bin bags.
Buehl said there are many factors that contribute to waste.
“The biggest reason is that people are more likely to throw things away,” she said.
“People throw away paper bags that have never been used.
That’s a big one.”
There are many ways that people can make their household more environmentally friendly.
Bienkowski said residents can recycle paper bags at home by keeping paper bags away from the stove and in the trash.
Bodell said that while it is a great idea to recycle paper, paper bags need to be cleaned out of their packaging.
She also suggested that people take care of their paper bags as much as possible and dispose of them in the garbage, along with their clothes.
“Do your research,” she advised.
“There are lots of other ways you can recycle your paper.”
Briding says it’s a good idea to make sure you wash the paper before recycling it.
It also recommends that paper bags be stored away from light sources.
If you find your bags in the street, Bodelly said, it’s time to make a plan to put them away.
Bottell also said that paper is a good material to use as a waste product.
She suggested using a reusable bag and using reusable paper bags.
“You can just toss it in the dumpster,” she added.
“It’s just like a bag of food, you can throw it in a trash can and you’re done.”
If you don’t recycle your bags, you’ll be responsible for their disposal at the dump.
You can call Bridging at 1-800-237-7242 or visit the Bridging website.