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Bags, Wraps, & Film

Why is APR promoting the collection of plastic bags, wraps, and film?

Promoting the recycling of these valuable materials fulfills the primary goals of APR - to increase the supply, enhance the quality and communicate the value of recycled plastics. A strong North American market exists for clean, uncontaminated polyethylene (PE) film scrap to be remanufactured into high quality products in demand by consumers. Plastic bags, wraps, and film can be easily recycled by through retail store drop-off programs.   A wide variety of film packaging and product wrappers can be brought back to the store in addition to retail shopping bags. Over 18,000 recycling locations for this material are provided for U.S. consumers by their local retail stores. Most curbside recycling programs do not accept plastic films due to a variety of reasons.  Check out the FAQs for more detail.

What type of plastic bags, wraps, and film are recyclable?

Good news - those convenient plastic shopping bags provided to customers by virtually every retail store are also fully recyclable! These bags are mostly made of HDPE #2 plastic, and while they can’t be combined with other HDPE packages such as milk jugs, they are still completely recyclable if kept separate. Other film packages and wrappers include bread bags, produce bags, overwraps on multi-packs of household paper goods and beverage bottles, apparel bags from online shopping and local department stores, dry-cleaning bags, and many other forms of flexible packaging found in the household. These bags and wrappers are mostly made of Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) or Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE), #4 plastic which is recycling compatible with HDPE.  Click here to learn more. 

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The resources in this Toolkit have been created to provide communities and retailers with base information and data to enable them to successfully recycle plastic bags and films.

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Recycling Journey of Plastic Bags, Wraps, and Film - Flow Chart & Video



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