20150902 - Bag Ladies (MA) - nwherald

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Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
Betty Reckwerdt inventories a mountain of plastic bags filling up her garage on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at her home in Island Lake. Though about half of her garage is full and space overflows onto her porch, the quantity of bags will only create about 20 mats. Reckwerdt and others retrieve plastic bags from Heinans and Island Foods which have collection bins in their stores then sort the bags by color and thickness. The bags are flattened then cut into strips and rolled into a ball of "plarn", or plastic yarn, to be crocheted on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Transfiguration Church. Approximately 200-300 bags are needed to make just one 2' by 3' mat, which is then donated to PADS to be distributed to area homeless.