How to recycle/dispose of plastic bags

We accept plastic bags in your regular trash, and as trash at our Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.

Where can I recycle plastic bags, films and wraps?

Recycle plastic bags and other types of plastic film at local grocery and retail stores throughout the County. Look for collection bins near store entrances.

Use this drop-off locator from plasticfilmrecycling.org to find bag and film recycling drop-offs near you.

What plastic bags, films and wraps are accepted in store recycling programs?

Grocery and retail store plastic bag recycling drop-offs generally accept all clean, dry plastic bags labeled #2 or #4.

This includes plastic newspaper sleeves and dry-cleaning bags, as well as most plastic wrapping covering paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, and cases of water.

Often, plastic food storage bags, like Ziploc® bags, are accepted, too.

Remember to remove receipts and other papers from bags before recycling them.

Refer to this list of generally accepted plastic types from plasticfilmrecycling.org for more details.

Is bubble wrap included?

Bubble wrap is sometimes accepted for recycling at plastic bag and film drop-offs. Check with your drop-off to see whether they can take bubble wrap.

Reuse is even better than recycling! Some options include

  • bringing it to a local packaging or mailbox store
  • offering it on your neighborhood email list
  • offering it on Craigslist, Freecycle, or similar places
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