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Old 11-16-2011, 05:58 AM
 
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Probably about 20.

They make great dog poop picker-uppers.

See....recycling works!
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Ideally we wouldn't use any. Even if you re-use them, they're ruining the environment just by the mere production of them and by their very existence in which they get used only two or three times.

We use one kitchen trash bag and then the ones you get when you buy something. Also the tiny ones if you're buying some grocery item in bulk. I save the small plastic bags and take them to a thrift store so they can re-use them and the tiny bags are for dog poop. A few go into waste baskets as liners.
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Some Beach... Somewhere...
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For the store-type plastic bags, probably about 9-10 per week, using them as trash can liners (fresh one in the bathroom every day, so that's 7 there...). Probably 3-4 tall kitchen bags per week, and 3-4 large black trash bags.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Ideally we wouldn't use any. Even if you re-use them, they're ruining the environment just by the mere production of them and by their very existence in which they get used only two or three times.

We use one kitchen trash bag and then the ones you get when you buy something. Also the tiny ones if you're buying some grocery item in bulk. I save the small plastic bags and take them to a thrift store so they can re-use them and the tiny bags are for dog poop. A few go into waste baskets as liners.
You never really took accountability for those that you do use. Our use is similar. We use 3-4 tall kitchen bags, 6 grocery bags for cat litter, and 2-3 per week for general waste. We have never had an excess of bags from the grocery store that we had to recycle or dispose of. The only ones we have to dispose of are newspaper bags. Which are too narrow to use for much else.

I recognize that one one hand it is disgusting to wrap pet waste in plastic bags and put it in the landfill, but what else can you do with that disgusting ****?
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:13 PM
 
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Interesting question. Let's see - we frequently use our own cloth bags for the grocery store, but still get a few bags from there. We use those for cat litter.

If I'm buying a single produce item, or just a couple, I don't put them in a produce bag. We also ask cashiers not to bag milk (it has a handle!), TP, paper towels, trash bags ... even at Costco, we hardly use the boxes. We just unload the loose items into the car from the cart.

Trash bags - we use about 3 a week (kitchen trash bags), and that's it. Recycling goes in the bin loose.

So, maybe 6 grocery or newspaper bags a week for litter, 3 kitchen trash bags.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:34 AM
 
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I use the small plastic grocery bags when I scoop cat litter. Since moving, I cannot keep the litter box in the bathroom to scoop into the toilet bowl. I use a large plastic bag to empty (clay litter) the pan once a week. I live in a state which allows kitchen garbage disposals, so I don't use as many plastic garbage bags anymore. Maybe 2 a week.
Other than trying to toilet train cats, I see no other alternative than using plastic bags for their "business".
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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I find it hilarious that all these anti-plastic nut bags that call for bans don't recycle them. I recycle approximately 85% of my bags and its soooo easy to do so. Most major supermarkets and places like Walmart and Target have bins for those. No excuse not to recycle.
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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why not just not use them at all?
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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why not just not use them at all?

if you don't want to use them, that is your decision
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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But why use plastic bags? It is wasteful even if they are recycled. Recycling uses lots of energy.
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