Can You Recycle Plastic Bread Bags (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Plastic bread bag & wrap with a symbol on the top right indicating it is not recyclable

You can not recycle plastic bread bags and wraps through curbside recycling. They belong to a plastic category called “film”, which can get stuck in recycling machinery, making them hard to process. Lastly, breadcrumb residue is a recycling contamination hazard. Throw them in the trash.

Disposal Method: Garbage Bin
Plastic Types (#): LDPE #4, PP #5

Please note: Recycling guidelines may vary depending on local regulations and facilities. The information provided here is intended as a general guide and may not apply to your specific location or item. Always check with your local recycling center or municipal authority for the most accurate and up-to-date recycling information in your area.

Typical RIC Symbols Used

Showing the LDPE Plastic recycling symbol RIC #4 used in plastic bread bags & wraps
Showing the PP Plastic recycling symbol RIC #5 used in plastic bread bags & wraps

Where To Recycle

1) Use Recycling Locators: Locate LDPE, PP, or Plastic Bread Bags & Wraps specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK). Search based on the RIC symbol and the item name.

2) Plastic Bag & Film Drop-off: Look for a plastic film/bag recycling facility near you that might accept your plastic bread bags.