Tuesday, January 8, 2019

what they do with plastic bags.. an update

I found out today that Stop&Shop, whose plastic bag recycle bins are at the entrance to the store, are being taken to Freetown Mass. I'm still waiting for an answer as to what they do with them or who they use to recycle the bags. A store Manager told me she thinks they make the bags into other things.
At Whole Foods, another store with a recycling box for plastic bags, takes the bags back to Cheshire CT. I'm waiting for them to call me back with an answer to the question of who takes them from Whole Foods.
Since we no longer can put ANY, no matter the thickness, plastic bags in our recycle bins, we are forced to either throw them into the trash cart, OR, take them to Stop&Shop recycle bins. The whole purpose of recycling is to not add to the pollution of our state, in the air and in land fills. S&S no longer has those thicker 4 mill plastic bags and is only using paper bags with handles.
I will check other big box stores this week to see if any are still using plastic bags. As many of you have heard, one council member is pushing for a 5 or 10 cent per bag tax, which will do nothing but put more money into the store bottom line.

12 Comments:

At January 9, 2019 at 3:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the info. very interesting to hear what the food stores are doing. look forward to learning more when you hear back from them

 
At January 9, 2019 at 3:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like this is the type of info the city, via the new sustainability manger, should be giving us. Not that I don't value it coming from you, because I do. But don't we pay a pretty hefty salary to someone to do this kind of research and share the info with residents? Hate to beat a dead horse but how many times do we have to ask that the city employees do their job? Instead of that we give them Friday afternoon's off. Something is rotten in Framingham if you ask me, which no one did.

 
At January 9, 2019 at 3:40 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

good point on the new guy. And it should come from the City... but it's been a few months now and still no one has taken the torch. It kills me that my clearly marked recyclable plastic bags are not recyclable in the Town. So I'm forced to drop them in the bins at S7S. Sooner or later, someone will tell me not to do this I'm sure. As taxpayers we have no control over so many things like tax increases, sewer and water increases and unbridled spending by the Mayor. The only thing left we have any control over is our recycling costs which are increasing due to the lack of correct information to the residents.

Afternoon's off.. for moral purposes. Lets just be thankful the Mayor ad her lap dog COO didn't go out and hire a PR person to study the "moral problem" at City Hall. She might have spent 20k to find out that some employees hate their boss and need Friday afternoon's off.

 
At January 9, 2019 at 3:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just the city, what about Sustainable Framingham? Why aren't they sharing this type of info with us?

 
At January 9, 2019 at 3:44 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

It's not sexy enough for them. But good question.

 
At January 9, 2019 at 4:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to do another of your recyling guru events and explain this to residents. The city has dropped the ball on this big time but the LWV and you seem to be filling that void. No one else is getting this information out there and not everyone knows about your blog. Time for another show and tell at the library.

 
At January 9, 2019 at 5:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another slew of information here today from someone not associated with government but who seems more interested in informing residents than our government is. As Jim says, I guess recylcing and feeding the hungry is not sexy enough for our government to get involved.

 
At January 9, 2019 at 5:36 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

We may have to... it was very popular on FB with over 400 views... but it's not enough to make a major change in people's habits. Maybe at Nobscot this time. It'll take a major push from the Mayor to get this done.. maybe the council since they are all running for re-election. Like the branch pick-up day that cost a couple hundred thousand... why not a massive informational blitz on every recycle bin address in Town.
And I do think it will come to issuing warning tickets and small fines to achieve compliance.

 
At January 9, 2019 at 6:04 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

full disclosure... I was a Town Meeting member for 6 years and miss having a say in my local government. They are not missing me though. I've also done a local access produced show called Wicked Green and have done a few shows on recycling with the Guru himself. Notice in the recent mailing of your tax bill... no mention of recycling at all.

 
At January 10, 2019 at 1:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get on the council Jim and shake the apple tree over there! Council does even less than TM did.

 
At January 10, 2019 at 1:55 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

It does seem to be leaning that way. On the 18th meeting the Council Chair sent to the rules sub committee the subject of how long councilors can talk about a subject. Just what the City doesn't need, less talk from the people's legislature.

 
At January 10, 2019 at 2:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

so now they are going to limit how long a councilor can speak? Doesn't that remind you of the behavior of someone who lives in a big white house in D.C.?

 

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