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How can we improve plastic recycling ?

Hi everyone!
I am student in plastics engineering and am interested in plastics recycling.
As you probably know, the most popular drawback of plastic is that it’s very polluting. The problem is that so much people just throw up plastics scraps into nature, or put it in the ordinary bin, whereas plastic can be recycled. Nowadays, plastic recycling has been well improved and we should continue on that way.
So, I’m looking for ideas which could be developed to encourage people to sort plastic to recycle them in the most optimum way.
Thank you in advance for your responses.

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    Dec 16 2013: More people would tote bags instead if you had to pay for the plastic bags.
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      Dec 16 2013: Sadly no... Can't believe you don't pay for them... Here they cost about $0.20 and it doesn't help, people still almost always buy a bag when shopping.
      • Dec 18 2013: Perhaps cultural differences exist between our countries, but this was implemented in Ireland about 8 years ago and has had a very positive effect. Bags (at least in supermarkets) cost 15-20c and much more people bring their won now rather than buy in-store. Many shops sell sturdy bags for €1 which never need to be replaced. It has also incentivised people to think of innovative solutions for more convenient shopping, such as Trolley Bags https://www.facebook.com/trolleybags .

        I think this charge should be the norm everywhere.
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          Dec 18 2013: That's great!

          I think that maybe it's the businesses model, they actually want to sell as many bags as possible so there isn't an option of buying any sturdy bags in basically any store... Instead they try to trick us by having sponsor bags (for football teams, cancer relief and such) right next to the ordinary ones that cost 3-5 times more and you often can't see which ones you're picking up without bending under the counter to look at the bag thoroughly, which is hindering the line...

          Our supermarkets have specialized in trying to rip us off with the sales of plastic bags...

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