Plastics bags are not recyclable in your curbside bin


Plastic shopping bags from grocery and retail stores often get torn, dirty, tangled around sorting equipment, or end up flying away when entering or exiting recycling trucks without ever reaching their highest potential of being recycled into something new.

The ONLY way to recycle plastic shopping bags is return them to a store drop-off and NOT in your recycling bin.

HOW TO RECYCLE:
1. Make sure bags are clean, empty, and dry
2. Stuff many bags inside one bag and tie shut
3. Toss in the in-store recycling bins found across West Michigan!

These store drop-offs vary from location to location on what specific types of plastic film and wrap recycling they accept and we encourage you to ask the store you intend to recycle at as to what specific plastic film and wrap items they accept.

The Plastic Film Recycling Program is run by the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the American Chemistry Council, not by Kent County Department of Public Works.

D & W Fresh Market
844-251-3999

Accepts plastic shopping bags, corks, and paper for recycling. Most recycling drop-offs are located within the entryways or lobbies of the stores.

Multiple locations.

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Kohl’s
262-703-7000

Accepts plastic shopping bags.

Multiple locations.

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Lowe’s Home Improvement
800-445-6937

Accepts appliances, plastic plant trays/pots/tags, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, CFL bulbs, and plastic shopping bags.

Multiple locations.

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Meijer
877-363-4537

Accepts plastic shopping bags. Most bag recycling drop-offs are located in the entryways or lobbies of the store.

Multiple locations.

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Plastic Film Recycling

Offers a directory of local collection sites for recycling plastic film such as plastic grocery bags, air pillow packaging, plastic produce bags, bread bags, newspaper bags, and plastic product overwrap. Be sure to look for a recycling symbol ♻ or label such as the one below as not all plastic film is recyclable.

Multiple locations.

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Target
612-696-3400

Accepts plastic bags. Most bag recycling drop-offs are found by the restrooms.

Multiple locations.

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Walmart
800-925-6278

Accepts plastic shopping bags.

Multiple locations.

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