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Many people are asking the question: Are Ziploc bags recyclable? You’ll be happy to know that they are, and it’s very, very easy. All you have to do is make sure they are clean and dry and throw them in the same bins provided for plastic shopping bags. These bins are found at supermarket and retail chains all over the country. Next time you pass by a Walmart, Safeway or Albertson’s, for just a few examples, look for a drop-off bin in front by the door.
Are Ziploc Bags Recyclable
To recap, easily recycle Ziploc bags by doing the following:
1. Go to plasticbagrecycling.org and click the Consumers tab.
2. Click on your state for a whole list of places to drop off your plastic bags, including Ziploc bags.
Why Ziploc and Other Plastic Bags Don’t Go Into Your Bin at Home:
Simply put: They get stuck in the recycling machines at the sorting facilities where your recyclables ultimately end up after they’re collected. This great video explains it all. Our favorite quote from this video on how you can recycle Ziploc bags: “Jimmy Thornapple says that whenever you use the words ‘can’t’ and ‘recycle’ together, a landfill is born.”
Get Rewards for Recycling
Through a program called Recyclebank, you are able to earn points you can use for rewards, including coupons, gift cards and more. To start earning points, visit www.recyclebank.com/ziploc and enter the points code from inside the packaging of the Ziploc Brand Bags you’re pledging to recycle.
We’ve mentioned this program before in our articles on recycling Brita filters and plastic pill bottles. Recycling is rewarding for so many reasons! Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber but can also be reprocessed into small pellets, or post-consumer resin, which is then made into products like new bags, pallets, containers, crates, and pipes.
Bonus Recycling Tips
To learn more about recycling plastic bags, see our post How to Recycle Plastic Bags.
If you are rinsing your Ziploc bags for recycling anyway, reuse them at home a few more times. Small countertop racks are available to air-dry plastic bags like you would for normal dishes.
Go one step further by purchasing reusable sandwich bags, such as Reusies.
Make a Quilt: If you have a little spare time and some artsy duct tape, make a cool-looking quilt or floor runner. Very fun for kids, or anyone looking to reduce, reuse and recycle.
So the next time someone asks you if Ziploc bags are recyclable, tell them yes, and so are tons of other things you may not have expected!