Billions of plastic bags like this one clog up landfills each year.
Paper or Plastic? How about neither. The “Got Your Bags?” campaign kicked off Thursday in San Jose urging you to change your answer to the question. The campaign, backed by non-profit, government and business groups, is part of a statewide effort to encourage Californians to recycle plastic bags and tote reusable bags instead.
Each year more than 500 billion bags are used across the globe. Only a slim fraction of those are recycled. According to the reusable bags website, plastic bags can take up to a thousand years to decompose in a landfill, and emit toxins into the soil.