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Few options left for recycling paper bags

I have lots of brown paper bags. I used to donate them to nonprofits, but these days no one will take them. Is there somewhere we can recycle all these bags rather than throw them in the trash?

— Not wanting to be wasteful

The places where you can recycle your brown paper bags in Southern Oregon is dwindling.

Rogue Disposal and Recycling does not accept paper bags in its commingled curbside recycling bins, nor does the Recycling Depot next to the White City transfer station, according to the local waste management company’s website.

Recyclable materials accepted in White City is down to corrugated cardboard (sans pizza boxes), newspaper and inserts, rinsed out tin and aluminum cans, rinsed out glass bottles and jars, and rinsed out plastic bottles marked as No. 1 or 2.

For paper bags, your last best hope is Ashland’s Recycling Center, which lists paper bags as part of the commingled recycling the center accepts. The center, at 220 Water St., also accepts small plastic tubs for butter and cottage cheese, phone books, magazines and catalogs, balls of aluminum foil and nonmetallic gift wrap. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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