Rather than toss the plastic bag your newspaper is delivered in, reuse it. This is a guide about uses for plastic newspaper bags.
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
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
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
Recycle newspaper rain bags to pick up and dispose of doggie poop when walking your dog.
By Rita 6
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
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.
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
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
Also save the plastic bags from bread, salad mixes, etc. (02/18/2009)
I use the small plastic shopping bags like the ones my son gets videos in at GameStop or the ones that you use for loose produce at the supermarket. They are small enough to be convenient and would be thrown away anyway. To store the bags, I got a thing called a DoggyDispenser from Love-Tags.com. It looks like a stuffed dog and hangs from my back door knob. It holds bunches of bags and is cute. There is also a little dog pouch to carry on our walks that holds just a couple of bags. When I pull out a bag from the thing, Dooley gets so excited because he knows it walk time! Chris (02/18/2009)
Yes, those newspaper bags can be used for lots of things, including storage. Some of mine are double in foul weather and are good for transporting liquids and foods that might leak! (02/18/2009)
They're not free, but not expensive, either. I use the diaper disposal bags from the dollar store. I get one hundred scented bags for a dollar. I figure I can spare a penny a bag for a bag that is just the right size, NEVER has a hole in it, and smells nice, at least until it is used! (02/18/2009)
We don't have a dog or any pets for that matter (just kids!). Anyway, seems there are plenty of plastic bags you could recycle for doggie-do use. Why not use the plastic bags that your groceries are packed in. I think I read once that a good way to pick up the poo is to put your hand in the bag and pick it up (with the bag between the poop and your hand), then turn inside out and the poop is in the bag and never touched your hand. Those kinds of bags are larger but who cares.
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)
We had a litter born on November 14th of 08 and I had to keep them in the house. I learned real quick that the fold down sandwich bags are the best. You get about 150 for $1.00 at Dollar General and other places. Just put your hand in the bag (like a glove) and pick up, then twist and throw away. I would say ENJOY but we are talking about dog poo (02/19/2009)
I, too, use the bags the newspaper comes in to pick up doggie doo. They are perfect for the job, nice and strong, long and narrow so you can tie the top in a knot after use. (03/24/2009)
I was already using bread bags and the foldover sandwich baggies. Then I started saving used sandwich bags/ziplocs that would be thrown out anyway. I just collect them in a leftover cereal bag held closed with a chip clip.
You know those bags that your newspaper comes in? Here are some tips for other uses:
Put over your hand and up your arm to use as a glove for planting or picking up something dirty. You can take it off inside out and throw away what you pick up.
Use to put a wet umbrella in before putting it in your briefcase or car.
Double bag loaves of bread before putting them in the freezer.
Use 2 (one on each end) to cover rolls of wrapping paper or rolled up posters.
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Do you have any more ideas?
Cut into strips and crochet into floor mats to use in kitchen.Place flour inside and use to bread chicken, chops or fish before cooking. - (01/29/2002)
Use them to tie up dirty diapers. sort of my own "diaper genie" put in dirty diaper and knot off the bag. Still have room for 2-3 more diapers. (which I'm sure will change as my daughter is only a newborn!!) (01/29/2002)
Put newspaper plastic bags on blades of ceiling fans to keep dust off when not in use. (01/30/2002)
I use them daily to pick up dog poop in my yard after my mastiff goes outside. One is a glove, one is a deposit sack, when done push the glove one (right hand) inside the sack, knot the top and toss in the dumpster.Clean yard and not so disgusting as it used to be. - Judy in Memphis (01/31/2002)
We have colds. We're carrying them around and putting used tissues in them. Fill up, tie knot in end and toss in trash. Also if you stuff one bag full of more bags and knot end, it makes a good knee rest. - Linne Dodds (02/03/2002)
I got a phone call on the way to the bathroom. I didn't get to the phone in time so I took the cordless phone with me and thought once again about making some sort of tote for it when what do I see but a Newspaper Bag. Voila! I put the phone in the bag, squeezed most of the air out and gently tied it shut. Then just for the sake of trying, I dialed the time. The signal was so much clearer, it almost hurt my ear. Shortly after that I got my Mom who has a hearing loss to try the same call. She loved it. I also thought it would be a good idea if someone wanted to take their phone outside on a stormy night like we're having tonight.The only thing is you have to take off the bag when you put the phone back on the base unit or it won't make contact to recharge.I don't know if it would be O.K. for cell phones or not but might be worth a try. (02/07/2002)
Living alone, I don't generate very much "wet" garbage and with no disposal in-sink, I use the bags that newspapers are delivered in. Since I get the paper daily, I always have a "free" bag to just toss!
By Gayle (04/26/2004)
The plastic bags that your newspaper are delivered in make great holders for shoes when you pack your suitcase!
By Becki in Logansport, Indiana (05/11/2004)
Some charities use them to wrap diapers to give to needy mothers. One in particular I know of is through the United Methodist Church. Check with your church to see if there are any in your area. (11/16/2004)
When it rains, our paperboy delivers the newspaper in a plastic bag. I save these bags for vacation time, they are perfect to pack a pair of shoes in!
By Becki in Indiana (11/28/2004)
I use theSsunday newspaper bags to slip over my computer keyboard. I duct tape it together on the back and voila! I have a nice cover to keep my keyboard free of dust (and cat fur). (11/29/2004)
Use the plastic sleeve that comes on your Sunday newspaper as a cover for your computer keyboard. Just slip it on and tape up the back.
By Anna (12/01/2004)
Plastic bags, coffee or thin drinking staws and some string can be used for kite making (02/19/2005)
Recycling plastic bags your newspaper is delivered in.
Keep a few in the car to hold your wet umbrella.
Take to the beach or pool and put wet bathing suits or watershoes in after you change.
Use to pick up or scoop anything you do not want to touch with bare hands.. Simply slip your hand in bag, grab whatever it may be, pull your arm back through and off your hand, then tie the bag and toss away!
By michelle h (09/16/2005)
I sew quite a lot. After cutting out the tissue pattern pieces;they no longer fit into the original envelope. I slip the pieces and the original envelope into the plastic "sleeve" (with the picture of the pattern showing of course). The pieces are easy to take out when needed. The plastic covers on subscription magazines can be removed carefully by slitting across at one end and used in the same way. (09/17/2005)
We use newspaper bags when walking our dog.When it come time to clean up a deposit. Slip your hand inside, gather the doo and slide the bag over your hand and inside out. If you make your know low enough, and leave the opening in the knot, you are left with a nice loop to carry the toxic material to the nearest refuse container. Just be sure there are no holes in the bottom (if there are, just tie a small knot) (09/18/2005)
By Degerta Sue
When I was receiving the daily paper (now only Sunday) I would save the daily bags till I had a bag full and then leave them out for the paper carrier and he would reuse them. Of course, I made this arrangement with him before hand. (09/19/2005)
Wrap metal clothes hangers with plastic bags, tape down at each end. It's good for hanging damp shirts on and does leave that sharp edge in the shoulders. (09/19/2005)
I use clumping litter in my cats' litterbox. I scoop it daily into the newspaper bags. (09/22/2005)
I have a daycare in my home and I use the weekday bags for dog walks and sending artwork home on rainy days and the larger ones for dirty diapers, along with all of the other grocery bags I can get my hands on. (02/23/2006)
I really like the idea of giving them back to your carrier. My wife delivers papers 7 days a week. She has to buy the bags and rubber bands from the paper. This would help a lot of carriers out of another monthly expense. (08/26/2007)
By d. stadnik
I am a painter. If I am working on a job that takes more than 1 day and is all the same color paint, I just put my roller in it and twist it tight so all the air is out. No need to clean up roller. The next day the paint is still wet on the roller just like I left it. Also a sandwich baggy from lunch works great to keep my brush in. :) (01/19/2009)
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
The newspaper is thrown on my driveway from the delivery person's car and the plastic bag usually has holes in it from the impact. I try to recycle the bags by using them to hold used coffee grounds or wet tea bags so my garbage doesn't leak. Those bags are inadequate for my doggie needs. I have a large dog so I need large bags to clean up after her. I use plastic grocery bags for that.