WHO WE ARE
Based in Wilmington, North Carolina
The Plastic Bag Project is a nonprofit organization founded by Hoggard High School student Dylan Thiessen with the goal of reducing plastic waste in the form of plastic bags. Most people are unaware that many plastic bags are recyclable; our goal is to change that and help recycle as many bags as possible.
“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”
Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA
WHAT WE DO
At The Plastic Bag Project we’re keeping plastic bags out of our oceans and landfills by raising awareness about where and how they can be recycled, as well as setting up recycling locations in neighborhoods for easy access.
One Step at a Time
At the Plastic Bag Project we are dedicated to raising awareness everywhere that many plastic bags that are thrown away everyday could instead be recycled. We organize community outreach initiatives, maintain a social media presence, and distribute flyers all with the goal of encouraging people to recycle their bags.
Making it easy for everyone to recycle their plastic bags
One of the central focuses of the Plastic Bag Project is setting up recycling locations in neighborhoods, or anywhere else you may want one. A plastic bag recycling bin is set up and emptied once a week in order to allow people to recycle their bags without having to go to a specific location that offers those services. If you would like your neighborhood to benefit from this program, please contact us. We can offer either a blue or black bin, depending on your preferences.
Contact us if you need help
At The Plastic Bag Project, not only do we help with recycling plastic bags, we are willing to take on more specific projects related to recycling. After the election, we helped the local Democratic Party recycle their Biden signs.
WHY RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS?
Every year hundreds of billions of plastic bags are thrown away, many of them ending up either in landfills or as litter in our ecosystems. What many people don't realize is that some of these plastic bags could have been recycled. The problem is that they can't be recycled with the rest of your recycling, meaning that if you try to do that it will result in all your recycling ending up in the landfill.
Luckily, there are programs in place for the safe and effective recycling of plastic bags, in order to keep them out of our landfills and away from our ecosystems.
The Plastic Bag Project appreciates any form of involvement
JOIN OUR TEAM
By joining the Plastic Bag Project you can contribute to making a positive change in your community. We welcome anyone who is interested in joining to contact us in order to learn more about our various volunteer opportunities.
GET YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVED
Would you like us to put a plastic bag recycling bin in your neighborhood that we come to pick up weekly? Get in contact with us, preferably with your HOA's contact information if you have one, and we'd love to come to your neighborhood.