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Stretchy plastic bags

Plastic bags

Bundle stretchy plastic bags and stretch wrap into a single plastic bag, tied closed and recycle:

  • In your blue cart
  • At a community recycling depot

Bags and packaging that stretch include:

  • 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

Special instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Start over with a new bag to fill.

Why do I have to bag my plastic bags and stretch wrap?

By bundling your bags into one bag, it allows the workers to separate properly for recycling. Loose plastic bags fly around, get stuck in other quality recyclables and jam equipment at the recycling facility. Please note that loose/single bags put in the blue cart are not recycled and end up landfilled.

Community recycling depot locations listed below:


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