Ziploc bags

Ziploc bags

Dear Trash Talking Trish & Tabitha:

I have read in the waste & recycling guide that Ziploc bags are not recyclable. Can the bag be recycled if I cut off the zip lock part?

Also, is it possible to visit the recycling location where our blue and black boxes go to be recycled? I would like to get a better understanding of what happens to the recycled items and the process once it leaves my yard.

I really appreciate your assistance and time.

N.S., Unknown location

 

Dear N.S.,

So good to hear from you! And better yet, so good to hear that you read the 2019-2020 Waste & Recycling Guide! We think that it should be on everyone’s coffee table!

Ahhh, where do we even start when talking Ziploc bags? As convenient as they are, they do come with some drawbacks when it comes to recycling! The freezer-style bags have an oxygen-proof layer inside to prevent freezer burn that the end markets do not want, and they also do not want the zippers. So, we have to say no to Ziploc and freezer bags. We know that most people will not cut off the zippers or differentiate between freezer and other bags, so it’s just easier to promote NO to recycling them to avoid contamination and being dinged.

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