If you're someone who has a designated drawer or cabinet to hoard your plastic bags from the grocery store (you know who you are), I have some good news to help declutter.

First of all, if you think it's safe to recycle them, you're wrong. Plastic bags and wraps can get tangled in processing equipment, damaging them and can cause potential injuries to workers at the recycling plants. While most people will just throw their unwanted bags away after a trip to Price Rite or Stop & Shop, there's a better way to help prevent these bags from ending up in the ocean.


Fortunately, many different supermarkets and retailers will accept these plastic bags and dispose of them for you without any cost. I've done the digging and the research (thanks to bagandfilmrecycling.org and Recyclesmartma.org).

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Here are 20 places on the SouthCoast close to you that will take care of your plastic bags for free:

  1. Shaw's: 15 State Rd, Dartmouth, MA (508)-993-9995
  2. PriceRite: 39 South St, New Bedford, MA (908)-527-3300
  3. Stop & Shop: 438 Dartmouth St, New Bedford, MA (508)-993-1791
  4. PriceRite: 139 Hathaway Rd, New Bedford, MA (908)-527-3300
  5. Market Basket: 122 Sawyer St, New Bedford, MA (508)-992-3049
  6. Kohl's: 81 Faunce Corner Mall Rd, Dartmouth, MA (508)-994-7031
  7. Wal-Mart: 42 Fairhaven Commons Way, Fairhaven, MA (508)-993-8100
  8. Target: 479 State Rd North Dartmouth, MA (508)-979-7530
  9. Super Stop & Shop: 1001 Kings Hwy, New Bedford, MA (508)-998-2000
  10. Wal-Mart: 506 State Rd, North Dartmouth, MA (508)-984-7771
  11. Trucchi's: 2941 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA (508)-998-7500
  12. PriceRite: 910 Pleasant St, Fall River, MA (908)-527-3300
  13. Wal-Mart Supercenter: 638 Quequechan St, Fall River, MA (508)-730-2677
  14. Wal-Mart: 374 William S Canning Blvd, Fall River, MA (508)-730-2677
  15. Shaw's: 485 William S Canning Blvd, Fall River, MA (508)-674-8445
  16. Shaw's: 4171 N Main St, Fall River, MA (508)-677-0940
  17. Shaw's: 127 Marion Rd, Wareham, MA (508)-295-7813
  18. Target: 2421 Cranberry Hwy Wareham, MA (508)-273-0436
  19. Target: 579 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA (774)-488-3684
  20. Hannaford: 8 Merchants Way, Middleboro, MA (508)-947-4787

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