Not all plastic is created equal. We recycle some plastics in Chittenden County; others must go to the landfill for now. Here are some common plastics that have different 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.
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.