Let's Talk Flexible Packaging: Plastic Film Recycling

What IS Recyclable

Plastic film – also known as plastic film packaging or PE film – is the wrap around many household products including paper plates, napkins, bathroom tissue, diapers, and more. It is also commonly used in e-commerce packaging like air pillows, bubble wrap, and poly mailers. All of these materials can be recycled through in-store drop-off programs.

How and Where to Recycle Plastic Film

To recycle your plastic film, first make sure that it is clean (e.g., no food residue) and dry. Then, take it to your nearest drop-off location to be collected for recycling. There are more than 18,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada, including many grocery stores. Sometimes recycling your plastic film is as easy as taking it with you on your next trip to the grocery store! 

Find a drop off location near you to recycle your plastic bags, wraps and film! 

Get the Family Involved

We’ve all become familiar with ♻️ recycling bins used to collect rigid plastic, glass, metal, cardboard, etc. In addition to collecting your curbside recycling, setup a bag or box to easily collect your plastic film.  

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What Happens to Recycled Plastic Film?

Plastic film can be upcycled into many useful products and be used to make composite lumber for making decks, benches, and playground sets. Plastic film can also be reprocessed into small pellets, which can be made into new bags, pallets, containers, crates, and pipe. 

Find Your Local Flexible Packaging Recycling Location