Plastic Bags? UNO Wants Them!

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Students at UNO observe "Earth Day" by collecting plastic bags.

UNO's Environmental Club spent several hours Tuesday in the Milo Bail Student Center.

They were encouraging everyone not to throw away plastic grocery bags, but to recycle them instead.

They also encourage everyone to use re-usable shopping bags instead of plastic or even paper bags.

The turnout was encouraging for club members.

Justine Marshall, UNO Environmental Club says, " We've actually had people from the community come out and bring their plastic bags. It wasn't just students. We promoted it at earth day at Elmwood Park. So I think that really helped get the word out. We we're pretty excited."

Marshall says only one to three percent of plastic bags are ever recycled worldwide...and only five percent of shoppers use recyclable bags.