Inspired by a post by Browndevil in another thread in which he asked "Plastic or Paper" at the grocery store. Here, in GA, the national chains sell the cloth bags that you bring in to bag your groceries and you use them over and over. $1 each and they hold about twice what a plastic bag holds. Other wise, it's plastic or plastic and they are all the same color. Piggly Wiggly still has paper bags an we get paper when we go there (none in our hometown). I personally use the plastic bags to carry off our "spoil-able" trash off - I usually take them back to the grocery store or the gas station. We recycle all cardboard, cans, plastics, newspapers, etc. and I drop them off at the recycle station once every 3 months or so. PS- We live out in the country and we have a 650 concrete driveway with a gate so we can't get any of the garbage collection companies to drive up to our house to get our trash. I've offered them $50 / month (over 3 times their rate) but none of them will do it. None of these garbage collection companies support a recycle program either ... I find that interesting.