Plastic Bags

Recycle Curbside

Plastic bags and film are accepted in curbside recycling if you ‘Bag Your Bags’, by placing all your plastic bags and film into a singe larger plastic bag and tying the top of the bag closed.  Just remember clean, dry, bag and tie!

The following items are accepted in Bag Your Bags:

Grocery and merchandise bags
Produce and bread bags
Sandwich and Ziplock bags
Bubble wrap
Dry cleaner and newspaper bags
Plastic wrap on cases of water
Plastic wrap on paper products
Plastic wrap on magazines 

The following items are not accepted in ‘Bag Your Bags’:

Rigid, crinkly plastics
Rubber bands, twist ties or tape
Six-pack rings
Tyvek envelopes
Foam plastics
Net produce bags
Photographic film
Organic matter or debris
Strapping, string or rigid bag handles

Must Be Clean and Dry

Only plastic bags that are clean and dry can be recycled. Empty your bag and wash out any sticky residues. Paper receipts, food traces or other materials can contaminate the recycling process.

Ways to Reduce

reusable tote bag

Reusable Bags

Bring along a reusable tote to save plastic on your next trip to the grocery store. Some grocery stores will offer a small cash rebate when you bring in bags.

Did You Know?

The Impact of Plastic Pollution

More than one million plastic bags are used per minute worldwide, and on a daily basis, over 10 metric tons of plastic from Los Angeles enter into the Pacific Ocean each day. Ninety percent of trash floating in the ocean is from plastic that will take between five hundred and one thousand years to degrade. In the meantime, one million birds and 100,000 marine animals are killed each year because of plastic floating in the ocean.

Plastic Bags Become Composite Lumber

Check out this fun video from Vancouver, Washington about how plastic bags and films are recycled into products like composite lumber, which is often used to make decks.