Bring Plastics Bags and Film to Stores to be Recycled

By ecoRI News staff

Plastic bags and plastic film contaminate loads of collected recyclables, but these materials are recyclable. You just can’t dispose of them in your curbside recycling bin or bring them to the local transfer station to be recycled. If you do throw them out, put them with the trash.

To recycle these items, bring them to bins that can be found in front of many pharmacies, supermarkets, and retail stores. These bins accept plastic bags and film that stretches at least a little. Don’t drop off clingy food wrap, fertilizer and pesticide bags, or plastics labeled “biodegradable” or “compostable.”

These store bins accept, among other items: shopping bags; sandwich bags, remove and throw away hard zippers first; cereal box liners; dry-cleaning bags; newspaper bags; bread and bagel bags; produce bags; mattress bags; shrink wrap from cases of beverages; electronic overwrap; paper towel and toilet paper overwrap; air packs, from shipped packages; bubble wrap; and pellet and firewood bags, turned inside out and empty.

If a store you frequent doesn’t offer such a bin, ask a manager about adding one. To find a drop-off location near you, click here. Rhode Island also offers these drop-off options.