(Besides using them to clean up dog poo-poo, of course:])
Or you could save some up and give them back to your newspaper carrier to reuse. Many carriers are independent contractors and have to pay for these bags out of their pocket. I, for one, greatly appreciate it. Please check for holes, as the smallest pin hole can let a paper get soaked in a hard rain or sprinkler like it has been dipped in the lake.
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If you've got a hot wire sealer, you can take the old poly bags that your newspapers are delivered in, and you can reshape them into different-sized plastic bags. At first it may seem like making more plastic bags is multiplying your problem, rather than diminishing it. However, the real gain here is that you have almost arbitrary control over the size of the plastic bags you're making. Also you can make bags containing trapped air, pillow-like, for use as packing material.
They may be marked for recycling; if so, your supermarket may accept them. (Most other recycling services don't like to deal with bags, since the automatic sorting techniques don't work well on bags.) I've started saving non-recyclable bags for use in my workshop. If they don't have holes in them, they're often useful for gathering small parts, or covering brushes so they don't dry out.
I don't do this myself but guys from work that burn wood for heat put the paper back in the bag and soak the paper. Then squeeze it together as much as possible and put a few rubber bands around it. Let it dry out and you have a fire log. Of course you need to remove it from the bag before burning. On a related note bread bags are good to save up for dog waste also.
If the bag is polythene, then it burns clean anyway Steve
. True in an incinerator, but not so much in a wood-burning stove. A stove is usually not hot enough for long enough and is running slightly Oxygen starved. The amount of CO, HCs, &c per bag would be very small, but, over time, would add up. Notice what creosote and other "heavy" HCs do - they do not completely oxidize and you end up with HCs and C in the chimney. . And I'm not so sure I would call CO2 "clean." ;) . But, all in all, burning may be better than taking up space in a landfill. YMMV.
Well yes, Now consider burning wood in the same conditions.... I reckon there's less crap in polybags than in a log ! Steve