Plastic Bag Recycling

collection of plastic bags and plastic film including a shipping envelope Plastic bags cannot be recycled in your curbside recycling containers because they cause significant problems at the recycling facility, wrapping around the machinery and halting sorting operations. You can drop off clean plastic bags and film at special collection locations to be recycled. Plastic bags can also be thrown away in your garbage.

Drop Off Plastic Bags and Film for Recycling

Many grocery stores accept plastic bags for recycling. Bundle your clean bread bags, newspaper bags, produce bags, dry cleaning bags, and more to return to stores.

See all accepted items, and find more locations beyond Kirkland, at

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Check at your preferred grocery store to see if they accept plastic bags and film for recycling (often a drop box in the customer service area). These locations were confirmed to have plastic bag recycling stations as of March 2019 (call to confirm they are accepting material during the pandemic):

Fred Meyer
1221 120th Ave NE
Drop-off bin located on left hand side of main entry foyer

Rose Hill Safeway
12519 NE 85th St

Kirkland Urban QFC
425 Urban Plaza
Drop-off bin located in south entrance foyer

Recycling Plastic Film at Events

We encourage you to make use of permanent drop-off locations when possible.

We anticipate providing events to recycle plastic film in 2021, safety guidelines permitting.

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