Can You Recycle Plastic Wrap (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Plastic wrap with a symbol on the top right indicating they are not recyclable

You can not recycle plastic wrap using your curbside recycling program. Plastic wrap falls under the category of plastic film, which is notorious for jamming expensive recycling machinery and getting stuck in the sorting phase. Only specialized recycling programs equipped to handle film-type plastics might accept it.

Disposal Method: Garbage Bin
Plastic Types (#): LDPE #4, PVC #3

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 wrap products
Showing the PVC Plastic recycling symbol RIC #3 used in plastic wrap products

Where To Recycle

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

2) Find a dedicated plastic wrap recycling spot using their locator. (US only)