Razvan Iosif / Shutterstock.com Pet Food Bags Alternative ways to recycle Put in Garbage Razvan Iosif / Shutterstock.com If you have unused pet food, don’t’ throw it away. Donate unused pet food and other pet supplies to the Santa Cruz SPCA’s Pet Food Bank. Your donation will provide pet food to low-income, homeless, and senior pet guardians whose animals have been spayed or neutered. Santa Cruz SPCA 2685 Chanticleer Avenue | (831) 465-5000 Donate clean, usable items such as blankets, towels and washcloths to the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter. 2200 7th Avenue | (831) 454-7200 To find other blanket collection locations go to www.anniesblankets.org Do Not Recycle Lined Bags A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t tear the paper, it can’t be recycled. Most pet food bags are lined with paper and plastic layers that have been sealed together and should not be recycled. If the layers can be separated, do so. Recycle With Plastic Bags If the pet food bag is labeled as plastic #2 or plastic #4, it can be recycled with other plastic bags if it is clean and dry. Wet Food Cans Are Recyclable Wet food cans from cat and dog food can be recycled with regular food cans. Just rinse them out in warm water and shake them dry. Alternative Ways to Recycle "I and love and you"® Recycling Program Recycle “I and love and you”® flexible pet food packaging through “I and love and you”® Free Recycling Program, a program through TerraCycle. A Pup Above Recycling Program Recycle A Pup Above pet food packaging through A Pup Above Free Recycling Envelope Program, a program through TerraCycle. Earthborn Holistic® Recycling Program Recycle Earthborn Holistic®, Venture™, and UNREFINED™ pet food and treat bags through the Earthborn Holistic® Free Recycling Program, a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Nulo® Challenger™ Recycling Program Recycle Nulo® Challenger™ pet food bags through Nulo® Challenger™ Free Recycling Envelope Program, a program through TerraCycle. Open Farm Recycling Program You can send in Open Farm Pet Food packaging to the Open Farm Recycling Program, a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Royal Canin® Recycling Program Recycle Royal Canin® pet food packaging through Royal Canin® Free Recycling Program, a program through TerraCycle. Wellness® Pet Food Recycling Program You can send in Wellness® CORE and Complete Health flexible plastic pet food packaging to the Wellness® Pet Food Recycling Program, a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Weruva Recycling Program Recycle Wervua flexible plastic packaging through Wervua Free Recycling Envelope Program, a program through TerraCycle. Ways to Reuse Dispose of Garden Waste Use these bags to contain thorny yard waste that can’t go in the compost bin and would otherwise puncture a plastic garbage bag. Package Items for Shipping Keep pet food bags around the house so you can wrap and ship breakable items in the thick paper or plastic packaging.