Be Responsible! Recycle Your Clean and Dry Plastic Bags. Here's How...
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Be Responsible! Recycle Your Clean and Dry Plastic Bags. Here's How...

While many local city and/or town recycling programs do not allow plastic bags, there are many ways to recycle your used plastic bags.

Plastic bags are recycled into many different products including composite lumber, small pellets, or post-consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets, containers, crates, and pipe. You can help by returning clean, dry, empty plastic bags to recycling drop off centers or retailers and municipalities that provide designated plastic bag recycling bins.

Newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, bread bags, produce bags, toilet paper, napkin, and paper towel wraps, furniture wrap, electronic wrap, plastic retail bags, grocery bags, plastic food storage bags, plastic cereal box liners, Tyvek, diaper wrap, plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, and air pillows, case wrap, and all clean, dry plastic bags labeled #2 or #4 can all be dropped off at many different grocery stores, home improvement stores, and other local businesses in your area.

While the above items are accepted at most drop off centers, there are items that should not be included because they are considered contaminants and could jeopardize recycling programs. Such items include food or cling wrap, prepackaged food bags including frozen food bags, film that has been painted or has excessive glue, other bags or films, and degradable bags.

The next time you go shopping, be sure to look for drop off bins, which are usually located at the front of most participating stores. If you do not see any bins, ask an employee. Even if that facility does not participate in plastic bag recycling, they may know of other nearby businesses that do.