Plastic Bags, Films & Wraps Special Recycling

News: Nov 14, 2018

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The following polyethylene (#2 and #4) bags and film plastics are accepted for free Special Recycling at the District Transfer Station and participating grocery stores—not in your blue bin!  Items must be empty, clean, and dry:

  • Grocery & takeout bags
  • Produce bags
  • Bread bags
  • Newspaper bags
  • Food storage bags (e.g. Ziploc bags)
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Case wrap (e.g. plastic around cases of bottled water)
  • Shipping envelopes (without labels)
  • Cereal bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Air pillows for shipping
  • Product over-wrap (e.g. plastic around household paper products, diapers, and feminine hygiene items)
  • Stretch wrap / pallet wrap
  • Furniture & electronics overwrap
  • Wood pellet bags (BOTH ENDS MUST BE CUT COMPLETELY OFF, then the bag turned inside out to release residual dust), not accepted at Grocery Stores.
  • Water softener salt bags (BOTH ENDS MUST BE CUT COMPLETELY OFF, then the bag turned inside out to release residual dust)
  • Ice bags
  • Bags or film with one of the labels shown to the right

The following items are NOT accepted, and must go in your trash:

  • Pre-washed salad mix/lettuce bags
  • Grape bags
  • Chip bags
  • Candy wrappers
  • Cellophane and cellophane-type materials
  • Agricultural films
  • Six-pack rings
  • Biodegradable materials
  • Frozen food bags
  • Metallic/foil packaging

Thin-film plastic items cannot be recycled in your blue bin, because they tangle in the equipment used to sort single-stream recyclables as shown in the video below. Instead, bring them to the Transfer Station in Middlebury.

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