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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
Cole Hardware 956 Cole St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film inside plastic bag before drop-off. Basketball-size amount per visit.
Whole Foods Market (1150 Ocean Ave) 1150 Ocean Ave San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry. Collection bin by front of store
Safeway 730 Taraval St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Cole Hardware 2254 Polk St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film inside plastic bag before drop-off. Basketball-size amount per visit.
Whole Foods Market 399 4th St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry. Collection bin by front of store
Safeway 735 7th Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Lucky Supermarket 1515 Sloat Blvd. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Whole Foods Market 3950 24th St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry. Collection bin by front of store
Whole Foods Market 1765 California St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry. Collection bin by front of store
Safeway 850 La Playa St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Lucky Supermarket 1750 Fulton St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Trader Joe's 3 Masonic Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Mollie Stone's 635 Portola Dr. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Trader Joe's 401 Bay St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Safeway 1335 Webster St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
Trader Joe's 265 Winston Dr. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Stuff clean film (saran-wrap) inside plastic bag before drop-off.
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.

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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