I often get questions from readers asking whether The Star can accept the plastic bags carriers wrap newspapers in for reuse. That's always the best strategy for keeping objects out of landfills, after all.

Unfortunately, that isn't possible, as carriers need to use new bags in order to package together thousands of papers quickly. But it is possible to recycle them.

Many grocery stores and big-box retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy and Target have bins near the front of the store to accept used plastic bags. The main guidelines is that they should be clean and dry, with a minimum of glue and attachments such as staples.

This page has a lot of good information for consumers. And of course, the paper itself is easily recyclable, either through curbside programs or with The Star's partner Abitibi. Find one of their many bins with this locator tool.