Mesh Bags Put in Garbage Plastic Mesh Is Not Recyclable Woven plastic mesh bags are not recyclable. Throw them in the garbage. Ways to Reduce Avoid Disposable Packaging Avoid disposable packaging by choosing foods that come in reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging. You can also bring your own produce bags or use refillable containers in the bulk section of your grocery store instead of purchasing pre-packaged foods. Ways to Reuse Use Material in Crafts You can use durable mesh bags from rice packages for many different crafts. For example, you can easily turn one into a reusable tote bag with a little sewing by following these instructions from Vintage Zest.