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Important Covid-19 update: In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, some retail stores have temporarily ceased their collection of grocery bags and therefore are NOT collecting film and stretch plastic.  We recommend calling ahead to confirm that your neighborhood grocery store is still accepting this material.


Film or “stretch” plastic that is generated in the home can be recycled along with your plastic grocery bags. Examples include the plastic wrapping around paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, water bottles, and other household goods that are purchased.

  • Do NOT put these materials in your household curbside recycling bin or in a SWACO recycling drop-off location.The recycling facility that accepts the mixed recyclables from your home is not designed to accept this material and it can cause significant problems at the recycling facility.
  • Virtually all grocery stores and some other types of retail stores provide recycling containers for plastic bags. Household film or stretch plastic may be recycled at these locations! 
  • To determine whether the plastic can be recycled, pull the material to see if it stretches. If it stretches, it can be recycled at these locations. If it does NOT stretch, it should be put in your household trash.
  • If the retail store container provides instructions for the materials that they accept, please read and follow those instructions.
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