April 02

April CSR Drive: Plastic Grocery Bags

Happy Earth Month! This year’s theme is all about preventing plastic pollution. Plastic, which is generally made with petroleum, can take up to one thousand years to degrade – and it won’t do so completely. Plastic pollution has been growing over the last century as it has become commercially viable. It is predicted that there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050!

While there are many different types of plastic, not all are readily recyclable. In fact, only about 9% of plastics get recycled each year. Plastic bags, like those you’d find at a grocery store check-out line, are among the least rigid plastics and cause problems with traditional recycling machines. Therefore, plastic grocery bags cannot be recycled in traditional recycling streams (like those at GWCCA). Instead, plastic bags should be sorted and recycled separately with other plastic bags generally in collection containers at most large grocers.

For the entire month of April, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority will be hosting a Plastic Grocery Bag Recycling Drive. Please support by bringing in plastic grocery bags from now through Monday, April 30thLabeled collection containers are located in the Public Safety Department (near the timeclock), on Level 2 (outside of the Bridge Point entrance), and in the Level 4 lobby. Save your bags from home and bring them with you to be recycled at work!


How else can you prevent plastic waste?

  • Use your own grocery bag while shopping
  • Bring a reusable water bottle or mug
  • Avoid disposable utensils and straws
  • Recycle your plastic (#1-6) when do you use it