Bag Reduction Program

Reduce / Recycle / Reuse

At NOVOLEX™ , we believe in keeping our planet sustainable. That’s why we are committed to using recycled content in both our Hilex Poly® and Duro Bag® brand plastic and paper retail bags; and to bringing recycling to communities with our Bag-2-Bag® program. But sustainability is more than just recycling, so we encourage all consumers to practice the 3 R’s: Reduce-Recycle-Reuse.


NOVOLEX™ is proud that people choose our product more than any other bagging option when they shop.  But, all of us at NOVOLEX™ want to stop “bag abuse” …the unnecessary or improper usage of bags. We help retailers train employees to follow proper bagging techniques and to recognize when not to use a bag.  Our Hilex Poly® and Duro Bag® bagger training videos are available below in the Bagger Training section.


NOVOLEX™ encourages consumers to recycle both their paper and plastic retail bags, and to also to recognize they are recycled through separate systems.

Duro Bag® brand paper retail bags can be recycled at local paper recycling centers and through curbside programs across the United States and Canada.

Plastic retail bags are equally recyclable, but should be recycled through store takeback programs.  Our Bag-2-Bag® recycling program is one of the largest store takeback programs in the country and makes plastic bag recycling easy. Simply bring your used plastic retail bags, and other bags and films, back to participating stores and drop them into the plastic bag recycling bin.

Check with your local municipality, waste management authority, and merchants who use plastic bags to see if they are part of the Bag-2-Bag® recycling program. If not, encourage them to take a look at our Bag-2-Bag® program or other programs that help improve recycling in your community.


Did you know that 9 out of 10 people in the United States report that they reuse some or all of their plastic retail bags?
Reuse your paper and plastic retail bags to give them a second life.

Plastic Bags:

  • Household trash bags…did you know most household trash cans are actually designed to hold a plastic retail bag?
  • Diaper bag supplies
  • Automotive trash bag
  • Laundry bags…great for the gym
  • Travel and beach bags…place your shoes in a bag when traveling
  • Storage containers and padding…crumpled up plastic bags are a great way to store holiday decorations
  • Pet waste…many parks now have dispensers you can place your extra bags in.
  • …share your ideas on our facebook site

Paper Bags:

  • Bundling paper recyclables…did you know old newspapers fit just right in a paper bag?
  • To carry your lunch or picnic…long live the term “brown bag it”
  • Book covers and crafts…keep a few extras around for the start of each school year
  • Composting and or yard waste
  • Insulating frozen items
  • Ripening fruit
  • …share your ideas on our facebook site.

Did you know that plastic bags are the most reused packaging item with surveys showing that more than 60% are reused for bin liners alone?


Bagger Training Videos


Store purchases come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and weights. Some items should never be bagged and other products come with ready to carry packaging that reduce the need for a bag. Shoppers and baggers can work together to properly pack bags and reduce usage.

Bags that are packed right:

  • Hold more and reduce the total number of bags used
  • More stable in your car
  • Usually easier to carry

There are two basic approaches to good paper and plastic retail bagging techniques:

1) Building Walls

Build walls on sides of bags with boxes or tall, light items – it helps the bag stand up and balances the weight. Fill centers with cans, small cartons and other packages.

2) No Walls
Use all items to pack the bag out – a filled bag will hold all items in and not spill as easily.

Good bagging technique should also include:

  • Keep cold and wet items separate from other items.
  • Protect glass containers by separating them with small boxes and light packages
  • Mixing heavy and light items in the same bag (Don’t put all the heavy items in the same bag.)
  • Only bag items that need to be bagged.

Do not bag the following items:

  • Packages with handles
  • Gallon jugs
  • Bagged produce
  • Large packages that can go directly into a cart


In order to avoid bag failure and potentially serious injury to person or property, at all times and for all interactions with the bags, please follow the below instructions: • Maintain the integrity and structure of the bag, and prevent any scrapes, tears, abrasions, or holes; particularly when using bags along counters, in buggies, and against the consumer’s goods. • Never overload the bag with excess weight or with goods that may cause the bag to fail. • Always use reasonable good judgment when packing bags with goods, and double bag the goods for extra protection or where necessary to avoid overload failure or goods that may cause the bag to fail, or as a last resort avoid bagging the goods altogether and place goods directly into the consumer’s cart. Sample Goods to Consider for Double Bagging: • Metal Canned Goods • Glass Bottles, Containers, or Jars • Heavyweight Goods with unique or sharp edges or corners • Any Goods with unique or sharp edges or corners. When double bagging is warranted, the bagged merchandise should be picked up using all four bag handles. Sample Goods to Consider to Avoid Bagging and for Placing Directly into Consumer’s cart: • Milk • Two Litre Containers • Large Wine Bottles • Large Canned Goods • Laundry Detergent • Frozen Turkeys • Any Goods with Built in Handles or Carry Assist Capabilities. Use extra caution at all times when bagging goods and always use reasonable good judgment to avoid bag failure and potentially serious injury to person or property.