Plastic bags are technically recyclable, but at this stage, can only rarely be placed in council recycling bins. Plastic bags are very difficult to separate mechanically and can do enormous damage to recycle machinery.If you must use plastic bags, you can return them (empty and clean) to the plastic bag recycling bins at the entrance to most supermarkets.The reality of plastic bags is that they are just plain horrible. In Australia, plastic bags have been banned in South Australia, Tasmania, ACT, Northern Territory, Queensland from 2018 and several local councils in other states have taken their own initiative to outlaw plastic bags. More and more stores like Ikea, Aldi and others will now charge you for a bag. (Including Coles and Woolworths from July 2018). Most Coles and Woolworths stores have plastic bag recycle bins at the front of the store. In this bin you can dispose of the above items for free. All you need to do is remember to take your bags and soft plastics with you when you go to the supermarket. You can find a full list of the items you can drop off on REDcycle info page.There are so many alternatives and much more attractive than those ghastly bags. There are many bags that fold up into tiny squares like Envirosax that you can leave in your handbag or briefcase. Always leave a couple of shopping bags in the boot of your car or simply grab a bag and put it in your pocket when you are going to the supermarket. What kind of bag is the best to replace plastic bags with? Use anything reusable and durable. All alternatives have pros and cons when considering environmental impact so go with the type that suits your style and life.