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The Perils of Plastic Film
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Plastic film seems to be everywhere you look these days, so let’s take a look at what it is and why it’s so important to dispose of correctly.

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Is it OK to put plastic film in the recycling bin if it says “Please Recycle”, is marked #2 or #4, or is a plastic bag full of recycling?
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A GROWING PROBLEM. A BIG OPPORTUNITY.

Out of all the materials that incorrectly end up at an MRF, plastic film is one of the worst. But we toss out so much soft plastic each year — an estimated 380 billion plastic bags and wraps in the US alone, equal in weight to 1.6 million cars — that we need to reduce what we can and find a way to recycle the rest. Find out why this is such a problem and how you can help!

 

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  • Lija W. 2 months ago
    When I emailed my grocery store, this is the reply I received.

    Our locations accept clean and dry soft plastics in the plastic bag recycling bins. Some of the items we take are included below:

    • Plastic package from toilet paper, napkins, & paper towels

    • Overwrap from shipping cases

    • Ziploc and other re-sealable bags (without a hard zipper)

    • Bread & produce bags

    • Cereal bags (soft plastics only, the ones that do not come in a box also)

    • Dry cleaning bags/protective plastic

    • Newspaper sleeves

    • Ice bags, salt bags, wood pellet bags

  • Lija W. 2 months ago
    I emailed my local grocery store and asked them what exactly they accepted in the plastic recycling bins. They sent me back a very nice reply. So the best solution if you really want to do this, is to email your grocery store and ask them what they take.
  • Matthew M. 2 months ago
    So are you saying that clear plastic that are semi flexible trays and are marked with a 2 or 4 triangle that were inside a cardboard product box can’t be put in our recycle bin?
    • Carolyn C. 1 month ago
      No, they're only talking about soft bags and film. I assume you're asking about cookie trays and things like that. Those CAN go in the bin.
  • Diann F. 2 months ago
    can shredded paper go I recycle bin
  • S C. 2 months ago
    Yes. I learned that I should have read thru the text first. LOL. Missed 3 q's but now have acquired new knowledge -do's and don't about plastic film. Haayy! Thanks.
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