Novolex supports the reduction, recycling and reuse of our packaging products. These programs operate in collaboration
with retailers, municipalities and recycling facilities which include our two world-class facilities that recycle polyethylene bags
and other film. All of us play a key role in understanding their responsibility to properly dispose of waste and prevent litter
from reaching the environment.
Use bags wisely
Novolex is proud that we are a leading producer of paper and plastic bags. But we also want to prevent bag abuse – the unnecessary or improper use of bags. We help retailers train employees to follow proper bagging techniques and to recognize when not to use a bag. Videos to train baggers on appropriate bagging technique are available to grocery and other customers who purchase our Hilex Poly™ plastic retail bags and our paper bags.
Reduction also means making our products with as few new raw materials as possible while still ensuring performance. Novolex has evolved technologies to continually reduce the need for virgin materials to produce both paper and plastic bags.
Our Dubl Life® paper bags use 100% recycled fiber. Moreover, the recycled paper that goes in Dubl Life products can come from paper mills that reuse corrugated cardboard that is increasingly available because of the growth of e-commerce home delivery packaging. Our plastic bags also contain a significant amount of recycled content.
Recycling is a cornerstone of packaging sustainability and Novolex encourages consumers to recycle both paper and plastic retail bags. Paper retail bags can be recycled at local paper recycling centers and through curbside programs across the United States and Canada. Plastic retail bags should be recycled through store take-back programs. The Novolex Bag-2-Bag® recycling program supports consumers who can return plastic retail bags and other film to participating stores and deposit them into the plastic bag recycling bin.
Many plastic bags are labeled with instructions on how to recycle them at store takeback programs. Check with your local municipality, waste management authority and merchants who use plastic bags to see if they are part of Bag-2-Bag or other recycling programs. If not, encourage them to join store takeback programs to improve recycling in your community.
Please Recycle These in Bag-2-Bag®
- Plastic retail bags
- Produce bags
- Newspaper bags
- Dry cleaning bags
- Cereal box liners
- Paper towel and toilet paper wrap
- Plastic wrap on cases of soda or canned vegetables
- Sealed air pouches in mailed packages
- Zipper style bags—please remove zippers prior to recycling
Please Do Not Recycle These in Bag-2-Bag®
- Salad and other pre-prepared vegetable bags
- Frozen vegetable bags
- Pet food bags
- PVC or PVDC films (meat wrap is PVC)
- Polystyrene, polyurethane foamed, polypropylene
- PETE trays
- Plastic bottles
- Hazardous materials, medical wastes, or packages of these products
Here are some pictures of the common items you can recycle in store takeback programs
Recycling at Novolex
Novolex operates two of the largest plastic recycling centers in the U.S. Located in Indiana and Wisconsin these world class facilities receive recycled plastic bags and other plastic film, sort, wash, and melt them back into resin pellets to make new bags. The same facilities also reuse scrap created when making our plastic bags.
Grey is the New Green
Sustainability can come with a cost and sometimes requires us to adjust. Plastic bags made with all virgin resin are naturally white. Color can be added at the request of our customers so that the bags we make for them display the colors of their brands. When colored bags are recycled, the new bags may range in color from gray or buff to blue as the dyes in recycled bags combine when melted. The higher the quantity of recycled content, the darker the new bag will be. That’s why we say, “Grey Is The New Green.”
Reusing Plastic Bags
Many consumers reuse their plastic retail bags. In fact, nine out of ten people in the U.S. report that they reuse some or all of their retail bags. Reusing paper or plastics bags gives them a second life and can ensure they end up in landfill, as would other trash can liners bought for that purpose, and don’t become litter.
Plastic bags can be reused in many ways:
- Household trash bags. Most household trash cans are designed to hold a plastic retail bag
- Diaper bags when outside the home
- Car trash bags for road trips and family vacations
- Laundry bags for the trips to the gym
- Travel and beach bags for soiled items
- Containers for storage and using crumpled bags to protect breakables
- Holding pet waste