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How to recycle stretchy plastic bags

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How do I dispose of plastic bags?

Plastic bags

Are plastic bags recyclable?

If they are stretchy - Yes, bundle these plastic bags together for recycling in your blue cart or community recycling depot.

If they are NOT stretchy - No, put plastic bags that don't stretch, such as cereal or cracker bags, in your black cart as garbage. If you're not sure if a bag is stretchy, put in your black cart as garbage.

How do I prepare my plastic bags for recycling?

Bundle your bags into a single plastic bag and securely tie it closed.

Bundle clean bags in a see-through or transparent plastic bag (also one that stretches). Tie the bundled bag closed by tying handles together or knotting bag at top. Do not use elastics or twist ties.

Tip: Hang a bag off a hook/door handle and fill up with plastic bags as you finish using them. Once full, double-knot bag closed for recycling. 

What types of plastic bags can be recycled?

  • Grocery bags
  • Shopping bags
  • Clothing/garment bags
  • Dry cleaner bags
  • Bread bags
  • Frozen vegetable bags
  • Sandwich/lunch bags
  • Freezer bags
  • Resealable bags (e.g. Ziploc)
  • Vacuum seal bags and packaging
  • Plastic wrap (e.g. Saran wrap)
  • Plastic packaging on household items such as toilet paper and paper towels
  • Bubble wrap

Why do I have to bag my plastic bags?

Bundling your bags into one bag allows workers to separate them for recycling. Loose plastic bags fly around, get stuck in other quality recyclables and jam equipment at the recycling facility.

Where are the community recycling depots located?


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Title: What Goes Where?
Author: City of Calgary
Description: Residential recycling and disposal search tool