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Plastic Film & Wrap

Plastic film is soft plastic that does not hold its shape when squished or crumpled in your hands. Plastic film may be multi-colored and is often used to wrap packages.

Bag And Film Recycling Drop-off Directory

  • Only clean, dry, & empty plastic film & bags labeled #2 or #4 (polypropelene) or see examples.
  • Not accepted includes: Crinkly plastic or plastic that tears, salad bags, compostable packaging, frozen food bags, pet food bags

Some grocery stores still offer plastic film recycling drop-off bins for clean, dry plastic bags, but in many cases, the material is too contaminated to be processed and thus landfilled. When you can, try to avoid the packaging in the first place by shopping locally or buying secondhand.  

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Whole Foods Market (South Berkeley) 3000 Telegraph Ave Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off
Republic Services, Inc. 42600 Boyce Road Fremont Landfill Paid Pick-up
Bay Polymer 44530 South Grimmer Rd Fremont Recycle Buyback Pick-up Commercial quantities. We buy foam, film and plastic scrap bails. This could include high or low density polyethylene and polypropylene sheet.
Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station 41149 Boyce Rd. Fremont Landfill Free Drop-off Separate recyclables and deposit into marked containers at facility
AHG Group 1968 Alpine Way Hayward Recycle Paid Drop-off, Paid Pick-up Ag Film clean and dirty; Film: HDPE, LLDPE, Other, PP; sheeting - acrylic, HDPE
Mings Recycling 3495 Breakwater Court Hayward Recycle Buyback Drop-off, Buyback Pick-up Commercial quantity
Berg Mill Supply / Classic Fibres 5670 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1812
Los Angeles Recycle Paid Pick-up Bales of film plastic
Mountain View Recycling Center 935 Terra Bella Ave Mountain View Recycle Free Drop-off Only accepted from Mountain View residents.
Materials Reuse 2650 Nicol Ave Oakland Recycle Paid Pick-up
National Recycling Corp. (Oakland) 1312 Kirkham St. Oakland Recycle Buyback Drop-off
Super Link Plastic, Inc. 888 92nd Ave Oakland Recycle Paid Drop-off, Paid Pick-up Must be clean. Free pick up available for quantities over 500 lbs.
The Sutta Co. (East Bay Recycling) 1221 3rd St. Oakland Recycle Paid Drop-off, Paid Pick-up Large/business quantity only
Western Pacific Pulp & Paper 1221 3rd St Oakland Recycle Paid Pick-up Commercial quantity
Cole Hardware (Rockridge) 5533 College Ave Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film inside plastic bag before drop-off. Basketball-size amount per visit.
Green Planet 21 336 Adeline Street Oakland Recycle Paid Drop-off, Paid Pick-up Clear & color; Ag Film scrap, PE bed plastics, mulch film. Dirty/wet film specialists
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Recycle Paid Pick-up Put bags and other film plastic into a plastic bag, tie and place in recycling cart.
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Landfill Paid Drop-off
Biagini Waste Reduction Systems Inc. 1150 Hensley Street Richmond Recycle Paid Pick-up
Shoreway Environmental Center (SEC) 333 Shoreway Road San Carlos Landfill Free Drop-off Public Recycling Center
Safeway 2350 Noriega St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.

Curbside Service

Recycling Garbage Note
Alameda
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Albany
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Berkeley
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
When collected as bag-of-bags for Recycling Cart/Bin or for grocery store drop-off, must be clean and dry. Loose bags jam recycling equipment. Dirty, wet plastic bags belongs in the trash.
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Dublin
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Emeryville
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Fremont
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Hayward
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Livermore
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Newark
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Oakland
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Piedmont
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. Clean, dry flim/flimsy/soft plastics in a plastic bag-of-bags accepted and can be droped at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Pleasanton
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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San Leandro
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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Union City
Dirty, wet plastic film belongs in the trash. If collected as bag-of-bags to drop at grocery stores, must be clean and dry. Loose film jams recycling equipment.
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