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. Check with your local grocer or retailer to see if they offer plastic bag and film collection. For more information check

Plastic bags are NOT accepted in curbside recycling programs. Separate and clean plastic bags, then take them to a retailer that offers plastic bag recycling.

Other disposal options

Hennepin County drop-off facilities

See restrictions and instructions below:

Drop-off facilities accept:

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


No charge

Drop-off limit

Limit of 5 full 13-gallon white kitchen bags. For larger quantities, contact Merrick for options.

Materials preparation

Plastic bags must be clean of debris and food. All materials must be clean and dry.

Drop-off facilities do not accept:

Six-pack holders, black plastic bags, boat wrap, wet film plastic (including bags), film plastic with residue (including bags).

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.