If you go shopping for groceries often, plastic grocery bags can quickly accumulate into a mess and become hard to manage. Plastic bags can take up a lot of space and potentially create a lot of waste, but they are also easy to recycle and can be repurposed for a variety of uses. By making a dedicated container for the plastic bags and learning to store them compactly, you can avoid the clutter and have an efficient way to access the plastic bags whenever you need them or are ready to recycle them.
1. Make sure the bags are clean and dry before storing them.
Throw away any plastic bags that are covered in food particles, as these will become unsanitary and might lead to unpleasant odors. Bags should be dry and free from food waste before being taken to a recycling facility.
Anything made out of plastic film, like bread bags, dry cleaning wraps, bags that newspapers come in, and cereal box liners, can usually be recycled alongside plastic grocery bags.
If you aren’t sure what your local recycling facilities will accept, call them and ask what’s okay to recycle.
2. Use an empty tissue box for easy access.
One of the easiest no-hassle ways to store plastic bags is to stuff them into an old tissue box. The opening at the top of the box makes it easy to insert new bags and to take them out as you use them.
3. Repurpose an old shoe box if you need to store a larger number of bags.
If you have an old shoebox, you can store it at the bottom of a cabinet and use it as a container for plastic bags. Some people find the sight of loose plastic bags displeasing, and a shoe box will keep the plastic bags hidden from plain view.
4. Store bags in another plastic bag for convenience.
Compress bags into a ball and store them in another bag, then tie off the storage bag at the top. This keeps the bags together in one place and makes it easy to recycle them. When you’re ready to take them to be recycled, you can easily grab a bag of bags and take it with you
5. Consider using a plastic or metal basket.
If you have an extra basket that can hang on the side of a cabinet, you can store many bags in it before it becomes full. You can also use an old container of cleaning wipes or a plastic filing box as a container.
- If you think it’s worth the investment, you can buy containers specially-made for plastic bags from home goods stores like Ikea.
- You can also hang baskets using a wall slat system.
- Make sure whatever container you use is clean, dry, and free from sharp edges that could damage the bags, especially if you plan on reusing them.
6. Keep your container tucked away, but easily accessible.
You might prefer to keep the container out of sight if you prefer not to have the plastic bags in plain view. It’s common to store your plastic bags in a cabinet, in the laundry area, or on the floor of the pantry.