Connecting with the right recyclers requires you to know how much plastic film scrap you generate. Below is a breakdown of ways to connect with recyclers based on your overall generation of clean, dry #2 HDPE or #4 LDPE plastic film scrap.

We are aware that some of the companies listed are not presently reachable, likely due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update this directory as best we can.

You will have to find a place to drop off your scrap plastic bags and film. Some material recovery facilities or municipal recycling centers accept bags. If not, you might find another business (e.g., grocer) that will allow you to piggy back on their collection program. Our Consumer section has a directory of retail stores that offer bag recycling to customers.

*please note what your drop off location accepts at their location.

You will likely need to find a hauler that can pick up your material or a place to deliver your scrap plastic. If you do not currently have recyclers or haulers in your area that collect plastic film, you might consider:

  • Asking recyclers/haulers who pick up cardboard if they would be willing to pick up plastic film with the cardboard
  • Asking your local recycling coordinator
  • Ask your suppliers about the possibility of backhauling your recyclables to their distribution center. Many distribution centers recover a variety of recyclable material.
  • Ask neighboring businesses if they generate film so that you can entice a recycler by enabling them to service multiple accounts. Since fuel costs are high, recyclers must find efficient routes and collection methods.

If you generate more than a ton (2,000 lbs) search for a recycler or end market and ask whether or not they can help you find a solution to your collection challenges. If you cannot find a recycler that can accept your film, due to insufficient quantities, refer to the section above to identify a hauler.

Know the recycling company name or part of it? Search for it here.

COVID-19 and Plastic Film Recycling

NOTE: Plastic bags/wraps typically do not get recycled in curbside bins. They must be returned to participating drop-off locations such as retail stores for recycling.

Thank you for recycling your plastic bags and wraps.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we urge you to recycle your plastic bags, wraps, and other film packaging at drop-off locations ONLY WHEN AND WHERE POSSIBLE.

Some stores have temporarily halted collection of plastic bags and wraps. And some of you are not able to venture out. If either is the case, please collect your bags/wraps at home until events change. Bags/wraps can be compressed and stored inside another plastic bag.

As always, please follow the direction of your local and state public health officials, and do not shop or take anything to a store/drop-off if there’s reason to suspect anyone in your household has been exposed to the coronavirus. If you do shop, please take appropriate steps to help protect store employees so they can continue to provide essential products during this crisis.

Thank you for your support of plastic film recycling. Recycling contributes to sustainability and provides valuable materials for American manufacturers, so we encourage you to continue recycling when and where possible.

Be safe.

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