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Know the right way to recycle plastic bags and film

Post Date:06/01/2018 10:00 AM

Did you know that those recycling bins at the entrance to the grocery store aren’t just for grocery bags? Many types of plastic film can be recycled, including bread bags, the clear bag inside your cereal box and the packaging from your paper towels!

Plastic film – also known as plastic film packaging – is soft, flexible polyethylene (PE) packaging such as grocery, bread, zip-top and dry cleaning bags. It’s also the wrap around many products including paper plates, napkins, bathroom tissue, diapers, and more.

To recycle, completely empty plastic bags and make sure film wrap is clean and dry. Squeeze out any air and stuff into one bag, tie a knot to close and take to your nearest participating grocery or retail store.  There are more than 18,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada!

Please do not pub bags in curbside recycling bins! Bags and film wrap are considered “contamination” at the recycling facility because they get tangled in the processing equipment. The Village’s recycler spends up to three hours a day cutting bags out of their screens. Don’t put those bags and other plastic film in your recycling bin – bring them back to the store instead!

For more information and to find participating drop-off sites near you, please visit

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