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Subject: Plastic grocery bags

Plastic grocery bags

From: Erich Kesse <erikess>
Date: Friday, September 23, 1994
In Instance: 8:16, Robert Milevski writes:

>Beginning immediately, the Preservation Office will become the drop off
>point for your clean and dry plastic grocery bags.  We will store the
>bags and recycle them to the circulation desk for distribution to
>library users who charge out books when it is raining or snowing

How often are bags recycled?  In my experience recycling the bags for
purposes other than protecting books on rainy days, I've noticed that
the local grocer's plastic bags are now biodegradable, even in darkness,
and apparently within two weeks of "acquisition".  These bags become
weak and develop holes.  ...not the kind of thing that would save a book
the tortures of (Florida's) rain or support, for long, the weight of a
book.     --I think Robert's idea is great though: finding funds or a
donor has not been as easy as a trip to the grocery store.

Erich J. Kesse
Preservation Office
University of Florida Libraries
Fax: 904-392-7251

                  Conservation DistList Instance 8:22
               Distributed: Wednesday, September 28, 1994
                        Message Id: cdl-8-22-004
Received on Friday, 23 September, 1994

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