Can You Recycle Plastic Potato Chip Bags (And How)

Fact Checked
Photo of author
Written By Georgios Sinis


Plastic potato chip bag with a symbol on the top right indicating it is not recyclable

You can not recycle plastic potato chip bags through curbside recycling. They contain multiple plastic, aluminum, and paper layers, which can not be separated. Also, chip residue is a contamination hazard. Throw them in the garbage bin or look for a bag-specialized drop-off location.

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 potato chip bags
Showing the PP Plastic recycling symbol RIC #5 used in plastic potato chip bags

Where To Recycle

1) Use Recycling Locators: Locate LDPE, PP, or Plastic Potato Chip Bag 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 potato chip bags.