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Plastic Bag and “Film” Recycling

Plastic grocery bags are fully recyclable and the number of recycling programs is increasing daily. But they DO NOT belong in your recycling cart!  Nationwide over 1.14 billion pounds of bags and film were recycled in 2013—an increase of 116 million pounds from 2013.  Since 2005 film recycling which includes bags, sacks, and wraps has increased 74%.

Plastic bags can be made into dozens of useful new products, such as building and construction products like piping, low-maintenance fencing and decking, toys and of course, new bags.

  • There is high demand for this material, and in most areas, demand exceeds the available supply because many consumers are not aware that collection programs are available at local stores.
  • In recent years, many more grocers and retailers have introduced plastic bag collection programs.
  • Consumers should look for a collection bin, usually located at the front of the store.

Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags.

Plastic Film that is Recyclable

  • newspaper bags/sleeves
  • dry cleaning bags
  • bread bags
  • paper, napkin, and paper towel wraps• produce bags
  • furniture wrap
  • electronic wrap
  • plastic retail bags (hard plastic and string handles removed)
  • grocery bags
  • plastic food storage bags (clean and dry) – (e.g. Ziploc® Bags)
  • plastic cereal box liners (if it tears like paper do not include)
  • Tyvek (no glue, labels, other material)
  • diaper wrap (packaging)
  • plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, and air pillows (deflate/remove labels if possible)
  • case wrap (e.g., snacks, water bottles)
  • all clean, dry bags labeled #2 or #4.
The following are considered contaminants and could jeopardize recycling programs:

Plastic Film CONTAMINANTS / NOT recyclable

  • NO food or cling wrap
  • NO prepackaged food bags including frozen food bags (e.g., pre-washed salad bags)
  • NO film that has been painted or has excessive glue
  • NO degradable bags

Plastic Bags can be recycled at these locations:

Plastic Film Recycling Locations

  • HEB Pearland Parkway
  • HEB Plus!
  • JCPenney
  • Kohls
  • Kroger
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Randalls
  • Target
  • Wal-mart