Unsure if those plastic bags, wraps or films in your home can be recycled? Here’s a list of some of the most common items that can be recycled, either via curbside pick-up (check with your local department) or at a drop-off location. Drop-off locations can usually be found at your favorite grocery store or retailer, but if you want to easily find the closest drop-off location all you have to do is visit the Drop Off Directory.

Newspaper Bags

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Once you finish your crossword (we’re giving you the benefit of the doubt that you actually will finish it), be sure to set aside the plastic bag your newspaper arrived in, and recycle it.

Grocery & Retail Bags

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When you get home with those bags full of yummy food or the ones full of stuff you didn’t intend to buy, since, you know, you were really going for just one thing, remember that the bags can be recycled. Just be sure to remove receipts or any other items first.

Product Wrap

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Hopefully when you went to that retail store and bought more than you wanted, you did remember to get some household necessities like napkins, paper towels and bathroom tissue. The plastic that goes around those items, and items like packs of water bottles, is 100 percent recyclable.

Dry Cleaning Bags

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Fresh, clean and looking good! After you move all your clothes into your closet, be sure to recycle the plastic bag(s) that your clothes were being protected by.

Furniture Wrap

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Congratulations on your new couch. Or chair. Or other awesome piece of furniture that just arrived and will really tie the room together. When you’re done unwrapping it, know that the plastic used to wrap it is recyclable.

Bread Bags

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After you’ve eaten all that delicious bread and blown the empty bread bags up with air and popped them, scaring friends and family, be sure to recycle them. At that point, it’s the least you can do.

Plastic Cereal Box Liners

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Done digging for that toy that won’t be nearly as cool as it looks on the box? Well, when you’re done, that plastic liner that holds the cereal is recyclable, as long as it doesn’t tear like paper.

Plastic Shipping Envelopes including Tyvek ®, bubble wrap and air pillows (Remove labels and/or deflate)

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Who doesn’t love getting packages? As long as you remove the labels and/or deflate the bubble wrap and air pillows, those empty envelopes can be returned to sender, provided the sender is a recycle drop-off location near you.

Ziploc® brand bags

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There are many things you can do with Ziploc® brand bags beyond keeping your food fresh, ranging from amazing art works to fun projects for the kids. But once you’re done, Ziploc® brand bags are, indeed, recyclable. In fact, Ziploc® brand has updated their packaging to include new How2Recycle labels that call out information about how Ziploc® brand bags and the packaging itself can be recycled. The How2Recycle logos indicate whether the box can be recycled with other paper goods, if the plastic bags are recyclable with plastic products at store drop-offs and even include special instructions such as “Recycle if Clean & Dry.”

Learn more about plastic bag recyclability and the recycling efforts of Ziploc® brand at www.Ziploc.com/Sustainability.

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