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Plastic Bag Return

How to Recycle Plastic Bags

Although you cannot recycle plastic bags as part of Sanitation’s regular recycling pick up, most stores that distribute plastic bags are required to accept your plastic bags. Note that you can throw plastic bags in the trash.

Common Types of Plastic Bags to Recycle

  • Standard plastic shopping bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Plastic newspaper delivery bags

Why Sanitation Does Not Recycle Plastic Bags

Plastic bags can interfere with the sorting process and machinery at recycling facilities. Clean plastic bags can be recycled into new material.

Why Plastic Bags are Important to Recycle

Plastic bags currently make up about seven percent of residential waste in New York City. By recycling plastic bags you can divert a portion of your household waste from the landfill.

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