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 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.