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Your source for what can and cannot go in your recycling bin and how you can recycle more

Plastic Film Recycling

types of plastic film which are also listed in the paragraph text

Plastic film is soft, flexible polyethylene packaging used for many commonly used products. Plastic films, such as air pillows, grocery and retail bags, case wrap, newspaper bags, bread bags, food storage bags, and paper product packaging, are not accepted in your curbside recycle bin, however they can be recycled at several area grocery stores.

To recycle your plastic film, first make sure that it is clean, dry, and free of food waste, receipts, and in the case of dry cleaning bags, clothes hangers. Then, take it to one of several drop-off locations around Kansas City including several grocery stores such as HyVee, Walmart, and Target. Once collected these items are processed into composite lumber or small pellets, which can be made into new bags, pallets, and more.

Accepted Items

  • Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean & dry)
  • Zip-top food storage bags (clean & dry)
  • Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), air pillows (deflate)
  • Product wrap on cases or water bottles, paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, etc.
  • Furniture and electronic wrap
  • Plastic cereal box liners (but not if it tears like paper, clean & dry)

Not-Accepted

  • Degradable/compostable bags or film packaging
  • Pre-washed salad mix bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Candy bar wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • Six-pack rings

For a complete list of check out: Plastic Film Recycling as well as Recyclespot

 

Are you confused about what can go in the bin? Ask Greta or check out more information below. We are also available to talk with your homeowner association or community group.

Featured Questions

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Why can't Styrofoam go in the recycle bin?

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Plastic bottle caps on or off?

bottle caps

How clean does it need to be?

peanut butter jar

What can I do with glass?

glass bottles and jars

 

What Can & Cannot Go in my Recycle Bin
and How Can I Recycle More?

Item Accepted in your curbside recycle bin More Info

Plastic Bottles & Containers

plastic bottles for recycling

Yes Recycle empty plastics such as bottles, jars, jugs, and tubs. Keep your plastic bottle caps on, they can be recycled too. Containers containing syringes or sharpes are not allowed in your recycle bin and belong in the trash.

Paper, Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard

paper and cardboard

 

Yes Recycle paper, newspapers, junk mail, and magazines. Flatten and recycle all cardboard and paperboard. No receipts.

Food & Beverage Cans

cans for recycling

Yes Recycle all empty tin, aluminum, and steel cans.

Cartons

cartons

Yes Empty cartons are now accepted in your curbside recycle bin. Juice pouches are not accepted at this time. To find out more information on carton recycling in your area check out the Carton Council.
aluminum foil Yes, as long as it is clean Aluminum foil that is clean and free of food waste can be recycled in your curbside recycle bin or at certain community recycling centers.

Pizza boxes (without food and grease)

pizza box

Yes, if there is no grease or food Clean pizza boxes without food or grease are accepted in your curbside recycle bin. If your pizza box has food waste on it tear off the top for recycling and throw the rest in the trash.

Egg cartons

plastic egg carton

Yes, only plastic egg cartons Plastic egg cartons that are clean can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin. Paper and Styrofoam egg cartons are not recyclable and need to be disposed of in the trash.

Glass

bottles and jars

 
No, but they can be recycled Glass bottles and jars are not accepted in your curbside recycle bin, but there are many options for recycling your glass. Ripple Glass operates the purple community recycle bins seen throughout Kansas City. There are also several companies that provide curbside glass pickup, including: Atlas Glass, KC Curbside Glass, and Glass Bandit.

Plastic bags

plastic bags

No, but they can be recycled Plastic bags, food storage bags, newspaper and dry cleaning bags, and product wraps are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin. However, they are recyclable and can be returned to several area grocery stores. For more info on recycling options in your area go to Plastic Film Recycling.org

Packing materials, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts

packing materials and bubble wrap

No, but they can be recycled Packing materials, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin but they are recyclable. Several area stores will accept these items if they are usable. For those options check out Recycle Spot.

Shredded paper

shredded paper

No, but it can be recycled Shredded paper is not accepted in your curbside recycling bin, because it can blow around and is not easily processed in a recycling facility. However, you can recycle shredded paper with a number of area businesses who provided shredded paper disposal. For these options check out Recycle Spot.

Mattresses

Mattress

No, but they can be recycled If the mattress is still usable donate it to Sleepyhead Beds, they provide usable mattesses to kids and families who are in need. If your mattress is no longer usable, recycle it with Avenue of Life, who use recycling to create jobs for individuals with barriers to employment.

Electronics

electronics

No, but they can be recycled Electronics should not be put in the trash; there are several options available for recycling your old electronics. Johnson County Government accepts electronics at the Household Hazardous Waste site during our 2nd Saturday Events which run from March thorugh November. RecycleSpot is a great resource for finding the closest location to recycle near you. The City of Olathe HHW facility also accepts certain electronics.  

Textiles and clothes

used clothes

No, but they can be recycled While not accepted in your curbside recycle bin, textiles and clothes can still be recycled. If these items can't be donated at any number of locations including Goodwill. For locations where you can recycle unusable textiles near you, check out Recycle Spot.

Plastic utensils, plates and straws
plastic utensils

No Plastic utensils, plates, and straws are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin. These items are made of a low-grade plastic and belong in the trash after use. Compostable utensils and cups can be composted through composting operations such as Missouri Organic Recycling but they do not decompose in backyard compost bins.

Food wrappers

food wrappers

No Food wrappers such as chip bags, candy wrappers, ketchup packets, etc. are not recyclable in your curbside recycling bin and belong in the trash. These items are often made of a combination of materials which make it difficult to separate for recycling.

Single serve coffee cups & plastic lids

coffee cup

No Paper coffee cups often have a plastic or waxed coating that does not break down during the recycling process at paper mills. The plastic lids used on these type of coffee cups are also not recyclable in your curbside bin, even though they have a recycling symbol on them.

K-Cups

K-cups

No K-cups and other similar single serve cups are not recyclable due to the combination of materials they are made from. These items should be disposed of in the trash.

Paper napkins, towels and tissues

paper towells

No Paper towels, napkins, and tissues are not accepted in your curbside recycle bin and belong in the trash. Consider using cloth napkins and towels for a waste-free alternative.

Paper plates and cups

paper plates

No Paper plates and cups are coated in a plastic or wax material that will not break down during the recycling process, and are not accepted in your curbside recycling bin. Consider using reusable plates and cups as a waste-free option.

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