Reduce and Reuse
Only take a bag if you need it and consider using a reusable bag instead to reduce your plastic use. Many stores also offer a small discount if you bring your own bag which can save you money over time. If you forget your reusable bag and only have one or two small items, consider carrying them out of the store instead. Some thrift stores will accept plastic and paper bags to use for their customers. Please check with the store prior to donating your bags.
*Some locations have temporarily stopped offering plastic bag drop-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to check with the specific location prior to your drop-off.
DO NOT include plastic bags with your curbside recycling. Many grocery stores and co-ops participate in plastic bag and film recycling. Consumers may deposit clean, dry plastic bags in specially designed collection bins found at participating retail locations including Cub Foods, Lund's/Byerly's, Target, Walmart and more.
How to recycle plastic bags at designated locations
Note: All material must be clean and dry:
- Plastic grocery bags
- Plastic retail bags (remove string ties and rigid plastic handles)
- Plastic dry-cleaning bags
- Plastic cereal bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
- Plastic bread bags (must be dry with ALL rood residue removed)
- Plastic produce bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
- Plastic frozen food bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
- Plastic wrap from paper products (paper towels, etc.)
- Plastic salt bags (remove rigid plastic handles)
- Plastic zipper bags (remove top closing mechanism)
- Plastic stretch/shrink wrap
- 6-pack holder rings
- Plastic bags with food residue
- Plastic bags with strings
- Plastic soil or mulch bags
- Plastic zipper bags with rigid plastic closing mechanism
- Plastic bubble wrap
- Plastic food containers