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Are the pellet bags recyclable?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by nanama72, Oct 23, 2008.

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  1. nanama72

    nanama72 Member

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    Just wondering if we're now contributing to land fills as we're trying to burn cleaner energy with our pellet stove.

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  2. crausch

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    Not sure if the plastic bags are directly recyclable, but you can repurpose them once empty. I had the same concerns when I received my 1st ton of pellets. Wow, 50 bags I would just be throwing away, and then thinking about how many other people have all those bags. I have been re-using mine in two ways: 1.) Use a trash bags for samll trash cans, 2.) I use them to hold the waste when I clean out the cat's littler boxes. They still end up at the landfill, but so do all other trash bags.

    As biomass pellet burning gets more popular, maybe there will eventually be an answer to this which is more environmentally friendly.
  3. imacman

    imacman Guest

    In general, they are NOT recycleable. There may a few places that will take them, but not many.

    I thought my recycler took them, since their flyer stated they take everything labeled #1-#8(?), but when I put some pellet bags out on recycling day, they didn't pick them up.

    I called and they told me that they could not find a recycling company that would take the bags.

    So, you're left with re-using them for other things....garbage, cat litter, etc.
  4. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Most bags have #4 recycle (stamped on bag) so we put them out
    on the curb with the rest of the plastic recycles each week.
    Our recycle truck takes the bags with no problems yet.
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    imacman Guest

    Your one of the lucky few.
  6. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    My town recycle truck takes them and as Tink
    said most are stamped #4 recyclable.


    Sprinkle the bags in the garden? Wtf? Guess you haven't had
    coffee yet macman. lol.

    Heyyyyy, when did everyone decide to steal my eernest tag line? :coolgrin:
  7. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Oh man, did I ever screw-up there...LMAO....I was thinking about the whole recycling thing, and my mind (w/o aid of caffeine yet) started to wander to uses for the ASH....somehow I ended-up putting the two together in the same thread......oooooh....this may NOT be a good day!!!

    Back to the #4 bag issue, my recycling company WILL take items labeled #4, just NOT the plastic bags. :mad:

    Sorry about "borrowing" the eernest tagline...I thought member in good standing of the PPC could do that, since he's the Official Grand Pooba :lol:
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    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Pig Pile!! ;-)
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    Some grocery stores are now using corn (starch?) based bags that are compostable for produce...hopefully most plastic bags will soon be a similar material. If the pellet manufacturers would follow their lead, then you really could add the bags to your garden soil!
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    Xena Minister of Fire

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    hehe. Yep. All pellet pigs unite!
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    A local recycling drop off (they only pickup some of my recycling curb side, which is pretty stupid...) has bins for plastic shopping bags. I was planning on putting my empty pellet bags there...
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    DiggerJim Feeling the Heat

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    Based on an average 3 ton use (no counting for the pellet pigs), that's 120,000,000 plastic bags nationally every year!
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    They're #4 recyclables. The ones I dont fill with trash (my 1 year old occasionally creates byproducts that are well contained by these hearty bags)
    My town takes the bags in thier "everything" recycling bin. (glass/tin/metal/paper/cardboard/all plastics)
  14. homebrewz

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    After having a back room with the bags piling up, I gave in and starting using them for trash bags.
    My local recycling place doesn't take them. On the other hand, I haven't had to buy trash bags in
    a long time.

    I also advertised them on the local craigslist. Someone wanted about 50 of them for gardening..
    maybe to put mulch in, or to use as a weed barrier, and another person wanted the rest to put his
    kindling wood in.
  15. hearthtools

    hearthtools Moderator Emeritus

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    the pellets I get from Canada do not have the Bag rating listed
    Must but only a USA thing
  16. imacman

    imacman Guest

    HEY! I resemble that remark!!!!!
  17. crausch

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    I am going to put a few pieces of candy in each one of my empty pellet bags and give them out on Halloween...ha!
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    hearthtools Moderator Emeritus

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    I bag my date with them
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    Is that so she doesn't see what you look like and run away screaming into the night?

    :)
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    not worth anything in this market, not even if you have 42,000 pound of them
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    What we do is save every bag during the year and in April (When we clean the stove) we take them to the back yard and put a couple old tires on them to hold them from blowing away, and we light them on fire. Makes a real nice glow in the apartment complex. Some of the neighbors save their baby diapers and they throw them on the fire. Looks real nice, kinda romantic.

    Eric
  22. DiggerJim

    DiggerJim Feeling the Heat

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    LMAO! Hey, plastic comes from oil right? Oil is burned in my furnace right? So why can't I burn the bags in my firebowl? Don't you love the sizzling plastic stringy things that fly out burning hot & melty? My wife used to be worried about that black cloud that goes 20 or 30 feet in the air so now we just do it at night and there's no black cloud that way. :)
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