Plastic bags and wrap: keep 'em out of the recycling bin. It matters.
Recycle your empty, clean and dry plastic bags and plastic wrap by taking them back to retail and grocery stores that collect them. Do not put them in your curbside recycling bin. Find local drop off locations at Plasticfilmrecycling.org external link . In addition, King County also accepts plastic bags and plastic wrap for recycling at its Shoreline or Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Stations.
These thin plastic materials get tangled in equipment at recycling facilities and must be removed by hand. Stopping the recycling process to remove the tangled materials makes recycling time consuming and more expensive. In addition, keeping plastic bags and wrap out of your curbside recycling bin will make recycling more efficient by reducing contamination and keeping recycling "clean." That will ensure that what is put in the bin can be turned into something new, like plastic lumber, playground structures, and new plastic bags.
Preparation – empty, clean and dry
When dropping plastic bags or wrap off at a retail or grocery store external link , shake or wipe them clean and place the plastic bags or wrap into the collection bin. Do not put dirty, food-soiled or wet bags into the bin.
The best option for the environment: use less plastic in the first place
- Switch to durable bags and containers
- Buy fruits and vegetables loose
- Reuse the plastic bags you already have for things like lining trash cans or picking up pet waste