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recycling plain white (plastic type fabric) feed bags?

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  • recycling plain white (plastic type fabric) feed bags?

    If I had time and was more talented I might consider sewing them up as shopping totes and stamping them with designs, but lacking both right now -what to do with them. Best I can tell they are a #5 category plastic??? I end up with 40- 50 a month and because of cross contamination concerns they will not be taken back by feed store (that I can understand). Any thoughts? (I would bundle and send somewhere rather than have them go in land fill.) TIA (Edited as rereading I think they are a# 5 not #6 plastic)

  • #2
    I have some similar type of feed bags from my beet pulp and timothy pellets. I don't have anywhere near as many, but would love for them to be useful again.


    • #3
      Trash bags, plant pot filler in the bottom of big pots with dirt over them They do degrade in sun, left out over a year, not a "forever" kind of plastic.

      I hope someone has more uses for us. I only get a dozen a month, have a hard time using them up too.


      • #4
        #5 plastic is often accepted by curbside recycling providers, according to this article:

        You might also be able to offer them for free to someone looking to make tote bags.

        I use mine as barn garbage bags.


        • #5
          I don't have nearly as many as you, but if you roll them down and cut some holes in the bottom, they make great veggie planters. They also make phenomenal potato growing bags (which you have to keep rolling up and filling with soil). Much cheaper than potato pots and easier than mounding dirt in the ground.


          • #6
            Fill them with composted manure and sell it to city gardeners?
            ... and Patrick


            • #7
              Both EVneo and wsmoak have great ideas. I am currently using them in my garden, I have nine potatoes bags going
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              "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


              • #8
                Originally posted by wsmoak View Post
                Fill them with composted manure and sell it to city gardeners?
                This may require a permit depending on where you live! Just FYI


                • #9
                  ours are marked recycleable .. so into the recycle bin they go


                  • #10
                    I saw a consignment saddle shop that was looking for them. They use them as padding when they ship saddles. Probably not worth it to ship the bags to her. Aiken Tack Exchange. I think she said they use about 100-150 bags a month.
                    Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)