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Clear Vinyl
February 7, 2017 - 8:31 am

I have been holding onto dozens of crisping, yellowing, and deteriorating zippered clear vinyl bags for blankets, sheets, appliances, toys, and baby products and have no idea what to do with them. The material wears and ages so poorly, handicraft upcycling has not worked out for me (even the zippers I’ve extracted from the bags have fallen apart). Has anyone found collection sites or an industrial manufacturer who accepts the material in smaller quantities?

Beth Terry
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February 7, 2017 - 9:38 am

Hi. Vinyl (aka polyvinyl chloride or PVC) is tricky to dispose of because it contains toxic phthalates. In fact, the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice recommends taking old PVC to your local hazardous waste facility. That’s what I did with mine years ago.  Here’s more information about the hazards of PVC.

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