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Are Dry Cleaning Bags Recyclable?

Are dry cleaning bags recyclable

Yes, dry cleaning bags ARE recyclable.

While most curbside pick-up programs do not accept dry cleaning bags and other plastic films, you can deposit them in collection bins at the grocery store (usually labeled for plastic bag recycling) or at recycling centers. Find a location near you at Earth911.org/recycling by searching for places to recycle "#4 plastic bags.”

Dry cleaning bags are usually made from plastic resins number 2 or 4, which are difficult to recycle because they are so light weight. These plastic films get tangled in complicated recycling equipment. They are simple to recycle because they are 100% plastic but must be kept separate from materials generally included in curbside pick-up programs.

Recycled dry cleaning bags can be found in furniture, tiles, garbage bags, trash cans, and much more.  Recycling plastics uses way less energy and produces far fewer environmental toxins then creating new plastic altogether, so it's important to spread the word that dry cleaning bags and other plastic films can be recycled.

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