Recycle the WRAP!

Did you know your plastic bags and the plastic film overwrap that comes around many household products are recyclable but should NOT go in your curbside recycling cart? This material can wrap around equipment and reduces the recovery of other recyclable materials. Clean, dry flexible plastics (displayed below) can be recycled at more than 50 retail locations across the county and you should be recycling them! Many businesses use this material to make building products, pipe, and new packaging.

WRAP seeks to educate residents about best way to recycle plastic wrap. The national program is an innovative public/private partnership, which includes Mecklenburg County, the American Chemistry Council’s Flexible Film Recycling Group, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Association of Plastic Recyclers, among others.

The campaign supports the City’s Environmental Focus Area Goals of becoming a national leader in environmental sustainability, preserving our natural resources while balancing growth with sound fiscal policy. Residents are encouraged to reduce, reuse, and recycle the right way.

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Help others get in the know

Mecklenburg is now the first county in North Carolina to implement the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP). A recent survey of Mecklenburg County residents found that only half are aware that certain plastic items should be brought to grocery or retail stores to ensure proper recycling. Plus, few residents are aware of the various types of plastic bags and wraps that can be recycled.

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  • The Dropoff Directory
    Where to recycle plastic bags and
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How Can You Play Your Part?

Being a part of WRAP helps the environment, the economy and fits into your sustainability objectives.

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Countywide Public Awareness Campaign

WRAP partners and sponsors are proud to support the Mecklenburg North Carolina WRAP campaign. The campaigns seek to educate consumers about recycling plastic film beyond bags at participating stores and improve recycling rates. For more information, contact Shari Jackson


URGENT! If your store currently accepts bags and wrap from your customers, add your location(s) information to the Drop-Off Directory. Download this worksheet to help you collect store location data.

Please also consider participating in the countywide educational campaign by adopting the plastic film recycling poster and educating consumers on the recyclability of bags and wraps. Email Shari Jackson to learn more, send store locations or to participate in a campaign in your area.


As part of the consumer awareness campaign, many North Carolina schools participated in the Trex School Challenge, a school competition in which schools around the nation collect bags and film for recycling from November to April each school year. Any interested public or private K-12 school can collect, weigh and recycle plastic film and bags. For more information about the competition, contact the Trex Company.

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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