The plastic problem at my house was too many plastic grocery sacks. We thought a solution would be to reuse them as trash can liners in place of buying the rolls of plastic bags found in the cleaning supply aisle of the grocery store.
Then came the realization… the bags can get loose on trash day in that little space of time that the can is hoisted up to the truck and opens upside down into the hopper. If there is wind… look what happens. The bags get into the environment.
In our case, the bag ended up in our Wildlife Habitat preserve. Not very pretty during the winter… and not very safe for the birds that will come to nest here in the spring.
We solved the problem by switching to reusable market bags. Our refuse is placed either as-is or in paper bags into the trash can. Our organic waste is either composted or given as “treats” to our dogs (with their health in mind, of course!).
Shopping aftermath used to be this:
Now it looks like this: