plastic bags

many small photos of plastic objects such as a pizza table or small bag, each photographed next to a ruler
Robin Frohardt

Mandatory recycling is law in some places around the United States, which makes people feel comfortable about their part in saving the planet. But what happens to single-use plastics, like take out containers, grocery bags, and Starbucks cup caps? They end up in the oceans, among other places.

plastic grocery bags
Photo by mtsofan / John / found on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Plastic grocery bags are still banned on the Outer Banks. At least for now.