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 Ginny from Murrells Inlet, SC

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February 10, 2010

If you live in an area 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.

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March 12, 2010

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.

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October 17, 2013

Recycle newspaper rain bags to pick up and dispose of doggie poop when walking your dog.

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September 19, 2005

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.

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June 1, 2011

I have friends and family save the plastic bags that the newspaper comes in, and I use them to pick up after the dogs. 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.

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February 8, 2011

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.

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February 8, 2011

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.

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July 20, 2010

You know those bags that your newspaper comes in? Here are some tips for other uses.

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June 21, 2010

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.

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