Blue Cart Recycling Tip of the Month – Bags

Bag your bags!

Always bundle your plastic bags before recycling

Loose plastic bags cause problems at the recycling facility. They fly around, become stuck in other recyclables, jam equipment and cause costly delays.

Bundle your plastic bags into a single bag before putting into your blue cart or community recycling depot.

Learn more tips for preparing your recyclables at calgary.ca/recycling.

YES! Bundle all stretchy plastic bags together in one bag and tie the handles closed. Acceptable plastic bags include:

  • Grocery bags
  • Shopping bags
  • Sandwich/lunch bags
  • ZiplocĀ®/freezer bags
  • Bread bags
  • Dry cleaner bags
  • Plastic stretch wrap
  • Bubble wrap

NO. Do not recycle these types of bags:

  • No single or loose plastic bags.
  • No crinkly bags like cereal or cracker bags.
  • No food pouches