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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.

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
Mollie Stone's 635 Portola Dr. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Mountain View Recycling Center 935 Terra Bella Ave Mountain View Recycle Free Drop-off Only accepted from Mountain View residents.
National Recycling Corp. (Oakland) 1312 Kirkham St. Oakland Recycle Buyback Drop-off
NexTrex
331 Apple Valley Rd
Winchester Recycle Free Drop-off Residential and business collection bins to clean and dry number 2 and 4 stretchy plastic film to be made into composite decking.
PlasticsMarkets.org - Plastics Recycling Directory PO Box 1327 Sonoma Recycle Pick-up for a Fee, Buyback Mail-in Connecting recycled plastics buyers & suppliers. This site's purpose is to connect suppliers and buyers of all types of scrap plastic (from bales to post consumer resin). It's supported by the plastics industry and intended for use by the recycling industry in North America.
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Landfill Drop-off for a Fee
Republic Services, Inc. 42600 Boyce Road Fremont Landfill Pick-up for a Fee
Safeway 145 Jackson St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 15 Marina Blvd San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 2020 Market St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 2300 16th St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 2350 Noriega St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 298 King St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 3350 Mission St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 350 Bay St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 4950 Mission St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 5290 Diamond Heights Blvd. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 625 Monterey Blvd. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 730 Taraval St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 735 7th Ave. 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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