Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags


Plastic bags, mesh food bags, pet food bags and plastic film should NOT be placed in your curbside recycling.

Bags and film get tangled in the sorting machines at the recycling facilities and cause major problems for the recycling process.

Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at many retail locations, including Giant Eagle, Lowe's Home Improvement, Marc's, Target and Walmart stores. Check with your local store to confirm the types plastic bags and film they will accept as the list may vary.

A collection bin can usually be found near the store entrance or the customer service desk. At the retail locations, recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags.

In the store collection bin, recycle:

  • Retail, newspaper, dry cleaning, bread, produce, and other plastic bags labeled #2 and #4
  • Zip close food storage bags (clean and dry)
  • Furniture and electronics wrap
  • Plastic cereal box liners/cereal bags
  • Plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap and air pillows (remove all labels and deflate; no mixed materials envelopes)
  • Product wrap (used on paper towels, diapers, bathroom tissue, water bottles)
  • Any film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle Label

For more details, a list of 'NO' items and a location search, visit www.plasticfilmrecycling.org 

Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most bags and film are turned into composite lumber, but they can be reprocessed into small pellets or post consumer resin, which can be used to make a variety of new products, such as new bags, pallets, containers, crates and pipe.

See more details about
how to recycle in Cuyahoga County or learn more about the recycling process.

See a printable PDF on the benefits of
choosing reusable bags.

VCR Tapes

VCR Tapes


VCR cassette tapes should never be placed in your curbside recycling.

The film tape is a "tangler" that jams the sorting machines at the material recovery facility (MRF) and the hard outer shell is not recoverable or recyclable in a curbside collection.

Cuyahoga County residents can recycle unwanted VHS and cassette tapes at the Solid Waste District. 
The District accepts these items year-round at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights. Drop items off in the lobby during business hours Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Look for the labeled collection bin. No bags or boxes in the recycling bin, please. Place items loose in our lobby drop box and take all bags, boxes and containers home with you.

Acceptable materials include v
ideo home system (VHS), audio cassette tapes, digital audio tape (DAT), digital linear tape (DLT), beta, digibeta, VHS-C, HI-8 and mini-DV. Items are recycled by Greendisk. The company offers a mail-back service recycling program.

Learn more about
recycling programs at the Solid Waste District.

Locally, there are some specialized plastics recyclers that may be willing to accept the hard plastic outer shell as a special drop-off item and recycle it for a small fee. You would be required to remove the film and dispose of it in the trash. Residents and businesses can find a list of options for post-industrial and post-consumer plastic in our
Business Recycling Directory.

If you choose not to recycle your tapes, place them in the regular trash for disposal.

Cassette Tapes

Cassette Tapes


Cassette tapes should never be placed in your curbside recycling.

The film tape is a "tangler" that jams the sorting machines at the material recovery facility (MRF) and the hard outer shell is not recoverable or recyclable in a curbside collection.

Cuyahoga County residents can recycle unwanted cassette tapes at the Solid Waste District. 
The District accepts these items year-round at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights. Drop items off in the lobby during business hours Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Look for the labeled collection bin. 
No bags or boxes in the recycling bin, please. Place items loose in our lobby drop box and take all bags, boxes and containers home with you.

A
cceptable materials include video home system (VHS), audio cassette tapes, digital audio tape (DAT), digital linear tape (DLT), beta, digibeta, VHS-C, HI-8 and mini-DV. Items are recycled by Greendisk. The company offers a mail-back service recycling program.

Learn more about 
recycling programs at the Solid Waste District.

Locally, specialized plastics recyclers may also be willing to accept the hard plastic outer shell for a small fee. You would be required to remove the film first. The film tape cannot be recycled and must be disposed in the trash. Contact Northcoast Recycling Specialist in Wickliffe (440.943.6968) or Secure IT Asset Disposition Services in Mentor (440.332.5005).

If you choose not to recycle your tapes, place them in the regular trash for disposal.