Can You Recycle Plastic Ziploc Bags (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


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

You can not recycle plastic ZipLoc bags in most curbside recycling programs. While they are mainly made of two very common and recyclable plastic resins, HDPE and LDPE, they fall under the category of plastic film. This plastic type rarely gets accepted because it tends to jam recycling machinery.

Disposal Method: Garbage Bin
Plastic Types (#): HDPE #2, LDPE #4

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 HDPE Plastic recycling symbol RIC #2 used in plastic ZipLoc bags
Showing the LDPE Plastic recycling symbol RIC #4 used in plastic ZipLoc bags

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 ZipLoc bag (film) recycling spot using their locator. (US only)