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

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.

Cuyahoga County's plastic bag ban took effect January 1, 2021. Learn more about the ban. Enforcement begins January 15, 2022.