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Plastic bags and film/wrap

Disposal options

Plastic bags and film/wrap are not accepted with blue bin recycling. Please do not put filmy plastic of any kind in your recycling bin or cart – even if the bag is filled with recycling. Recyclable items must be loose in the bin. The only exception to this is shredded office paper, which is accepted only if it’s in a CLEAR BAG that’s tightly closed.

Many local grocery, hardware, and other stores accept plastic bags for recycling. To find a takeback location near you, enter your zip code on the Plastic Film Recycling website.

These common plastic bag and film types are accepted at most takeback locations:

  • Shopping bags
  • Produce bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Cereal box liners
  • Sandwich or freezer bags
  • Bread bags
  • Product wrap (e.g., from paper towels)
  • Overwrap (e.g., from cases of soda or canned vegetables)
  • Sealed air pouches (e.g., from mailed packages)

Some retailers also accept pellet bags, salt bags, and more. Check with the takeback location for their full specifications.

Cost

There is no charge to participate in a plastic film takeback program.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

To be accepted at a takeback location, plastic bags must be clean and dry.

If you are a business generating large amounts of plastic film/wrap, visit the Plastic wrap (commercial) post for more information.

Notes

Many supermarkets and chain retailers send plastic film to Trex, which uses the film to make composite lumber for decking and benches. See their website for a list of items they accept.

Price Chopper supermarkets send plastic film to Novolex. Check the website or label on the collection bin at the store nearest you for a list of items they accept.

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