Pet Food Bags

Alternative ways to recycle
Put in Garbage

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

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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.

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Recycle With Plastic Bags

If the pet food bag is only made out of plastic, it can be recycled with other plastic bags. Find out more.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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Open Farm Recycling Program

You can send in Open Farm Pet Food packaging to the Open Farm Recycling Program, which is a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Find out how to mail in these pet food bags.

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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, which is a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Find out how to drop off or mail in these pet food bags.

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Guardian Pet Food Recycling Program

You can send in Guardian MoRE Bars pet food packaging to the Guardian Pet Food Recycling Program, which is a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Find out how to mail in this pet food packaging.

Ways to Reuse

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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.