Plastic Bags & Wrap

​​Plastic grocery bags, sandwich baggies, food wrap and similar products (stretchy like a bread bag) are called film plastic and are recyclable at City recycling stations and some local retailers.

Why can't film Plastic go in the blue cart?

Plastic bags and stretchy film plastic gets caught in machinery and can cause processing to be held up or shut down completely. Because plastic bags are different than regular hard plastics, they tend to get sorted incorrectly during the recycling process, which can lead to contamination problems. These items are accepted at the recycling stations and grocery bags can be returned to many grocery stores for recycling. Search for drop-off locations here.  

The non-stretchy, crinkly plastic that you find inside a cereal box is not recyclable. This should be put in your black cart.

What's the best option for managing film plastics?

The most impactful thing you can do is reduce the amount of film plastic you consume. Choose reusable containers for storing leftovers and taking lunch to school or work. Remember to always take reusable shopping bags and produce bags to the grocery store. 

The next best option is to reuse any plastic bags you accumulate for bagging pet waste, diapers and any other individually contained messes.

Plastic bags and film are not accepted in the curbside recycling program but you can bring them to on of the City's recycling stations. Remove any materials inside the bags as to not create contamination. Lethbridge is a windy city, please stuff all bags into one bag and tie it before placing it in the recycling station bin to make sure they don't end up as litter and stuck in our beautiful Cottonwood trees.

The recycling stations accept:

  • Plastic grocery bags 
  • Plastic sandwich baggies
  • Stretchy food wrap
  • Bubble wrap

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