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How2Recycle Label
Making Recycling Make Sense.
Variation in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims make proper recycling a challenge.

The How2Recycle Label was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information to consumers. Currently the label only applies to packaging sold in the U.S. and Canada.

A special version of the label has been created for plastic bags and films that are accepted primarily at retail stores with plastic bags.

What to bring to your local drop-off center

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Retail and Produce Bags
Bread and Food Storage Bags
Newspaper and Dry Cleaning Bags
Product Wraps
Air Pillows and mailing envelopes
Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags.* Examples include:
  • Retail, Newspaper, Dry Cleaning, Bread, Produce, and also other Plastic Bags labeled #2 and #4
  • Zip Close Food Storage bags
    (clean and dry)
  • Furniture and Electronic wrap
  • Plastic cereal box liners
    (if it tears like paper do not include)
  • Plastic shipping envelopes, including Tyvek ®, bubble wrap and air pillows (Remove labels and/or deflate)
  • Product Wrap (used on paper towels, diapers, bathroom tissue, water bottles)
  • Any film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle Label shown at right
*Not all items are accepted at all drop-off locations. Check with your local drop-off to see what is accepted.
NOT accepted at drop-off locations:
NO Degradable/compostable film or bags, pre-
washed salad mix bags, or frozen food bags.
This site is administered by Moore Recycling Associates, Inc. through support from the American Chemistry Council. The purpose of this site is to educate the general public, municipalities, and businesses about how to recycle postconsumer and postcommercial polyethylene film that is found in nearly every business and household. Our goal is to increase the quality and quantity of recycled film, which also fosters growth in our domestic reclamation industry. We strongly believe in the efficacy of the waste reduction hierarchy: REDUCE, REUSE, and then RECYCLE. We welcome your comments and feedback (Nina AT PlasticFilmRecycling DOT org).

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