Plastic bags and wrap

Recommended disposal options

Recycle at retailer

Plastic bags and wrap can be brought to retailers that offer plastic bag recycling, such as grocery and department stores. For plastic bag recycling locations in the Twin Cities, check plasticfilmrecycling.org.

Plastic bags are not accepted in most at-home recycling programs. Check with your waste hauler if they accept plastic bags.

Other disposal options

Hennepin County drop-off facilities

See restrictions and instructions below:

Drop-off facilities accept:

Plastic retail bags, plastic grocery bags, plastic newspaper sleeves, plastic bread bags, plastic cereal bags, plastic produce bags, plastic dry cleaning bags, plastic stretch/shrink wrap, salt bags (no handles or residue).

Fee

No charge

Materials preparation

Plastic bags must be clean of debris and food. All materials must be clean and dry. Remove strings, zippers or rigid closing mechanisms.

Drop-off facilities do not accept:

Bubble wrap, six-pack holders, boat wrap, wet film plastic (including bags), film plastic with residue (including bags), bags with strings, zippers or rigid closing mechanisms.

Numbers on plastics: confusing?

Yes, they are confusing. To crack the recycling code, it’s best to use the description of the materials (bottles, cups, containers), images and the numbers to determine what is recyclable.

Rethink and reduce

Shop with reusable bags at the mall or grocery stores.

Reuse plastic bags at home for garbage lining or pet waste pickup.