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If you get a daily newspaper delivered to you in long, narrow plastic bags, you can recycle them in a number of ways. They are great for holding shoes when traveling, so that the clothing in your suitcase doesn't get dirty. Each bag can hold one shoe or a pair of smaller footwear, such as flip flops.
I also store several of these bags in a large used plastic cup with a lid (think recycled fast food soda cup that you have washed) and that sits in my car in the cup holder - they are great to use as small trash bags. I also store my kitty litter scoop in one, so that anything stuck to the scoop ends up in the bag and not in the bottom of my cabinet.
By ginnywest from Murrells Inlet, SC
Re-Use of the clear plastic bags from your newspaper
I take the clear plastic bags that come on our newspaper and make covers for my spare cleaning supplies stored on shelves in our garage. Our house is small so the extras bought on sale or with coupons must be stored on shelving in the garage; this includes canned goods.
I tie each bag in the middle and cut the bag at the top of the knot which creates two sleeves or covers that fit over most bottles of cleaning supplies or canned goods etc. This keeps them from getting dirty and dusty before they are used.
With the bag being clear, you can easily see what is 'under cover' :)
By marycrane from Orange Park, FL
If you live in an area, as I do, where the newspaper is delivered in a plastic bag, instead of throwing the bags away, give them back to your newspaper carrier. The carriers pay for these bags and my newspaper carrier was delighted to having some returned to him for using again.
By Myrtle M. from Chesapeake, VA
I have a Greyhound and a Shepherd mix, and when I walk them in the neighborhood I have to clean up after them. I have friends and family save the plastic bags that the newspaper comes in, and I use them to pick up after the dogs. I double or triple the bags, and if there's a mess to pick up, I slide my hand into the bags, pick up the mess, and then pull my hand back through. I then tie the bag and place it into a Walmart bag and throw it all out in the nearest trash can.
By Sweetrit from MA
Recycle newspaper rain bags to pick up and dispose of doggie poop when walking your dog.
When walking your dog, take along the plastic sleeve from your newspaper. It is a perfect size for poo and fits into almost any pocket.
By glowormglo from Rockford, IL
If your newspaper is delivered in plastic "sleeves", save these covers. Then when you have a really messy job to do, slip a pair of them over your hands and forearms as protective "mittens"; discard when finished. Especially helpful for those of us with arthritis who struggle to put on rubber gloves.
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I live in an apartment and am required to clean up after my dog. It seemed like I was buying the doggie doo bags all the time. I had run out of the doggie bags, and was looking around for something else to take on our walk. The newspaper was on the rug at the front door and I decided to use the plastic bag it was wrapped in. Ever since then, I am paying $0.75 a week for the paper and the doggie bags.
By Susan from Portage, IN
I do think it's a great idea that dog owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs in public. We have a pooper scooper law in our town; however I still occasionally see an irresponsible dog owner letting their dog poop on our lawn and they do nothing about it. (02/19/2009)
You know those bags that your newspaper comes in? Here are some tips for other uses.
Recycle the plastic bags your newspapers come in by reusing them to pick up dog poop. I no longer get the paper everyday, so I asked my neighbors if I can recycle theirs. I now read the paper online and save both trees and plastic.
By Bonnie from CA