Plastic Bag & Plastic Film Recycling

plastic bag recycling

Summary of Plastic Bag and Plastic Film Recycling:

  • Please do NOT place plastic bags or film in curbside recycling
  • Whenever possible, use a durable reusable bag.
  • Reuse bags over for groceries, as trash can liners, pet poop pick-up.
  • Recycle clean plastic bags and plastic film at retail locations.
  • Ask retailers to put up reminder signs to bring a bag.
  • Ask retailers to offer discounts for using your own bag or charge for bags.
    (Target offers 5 cents off for each bag a customer brings; Aldi charges for bags)

Retailers Accepting Plastic Bags and Plastic Film:

Plastic Bag and Plastic Film Information

Most grocery stores and many large stores, such as Walmart and Meijer take back plastic bags.  Plastic bags are considered plastic film.  All clean plastic film can be recycled with plastic bags. Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags.

• newspaper bagsnewspaper sleeve
• dry cleaning bags
• bread bags
• produce bags
• toilet paper, napkin, and paper towel wraps
• furniture wrap
• electronic wrap
• plastic retail bags (hard plastic and string handles removed)
• grocery bag

• sandwich bags and zip lock bags (remove hard components)TolietPaperPackage
• plastic cereal box liners (if it tears like paper, do not include)
• Tyvek (no glue, labels, other material)
• diaper wrap (packaging)
• plastic shipping envelopes (no bubble wrap/remove labels)
• case wrap (e.g., snacks, water bottles)
• All clean, dry bags labeled #2 or #4.

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Will County Land Use Department
Will County - Land Use Department - Resource Recovery & Energy
58 E. Clinton Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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