We’re thrilled to announce that Ziploc® brand Bags are recyclable. Simply
visit just about any store that offers a plastic-bag recycling program and place
your used Ziploc® Bags (clean and dry)
in the same bins as those plastic shopping bags.
“Recycling” is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean?
Well, recycling is the process of turning materials that would otherwise become
waste into valuable raw materials that can be used to manufacture new products.
It’s an important step in creating a more sustainable future.
Why is recycling important? Well, in most cases, the recycling process uses far
less energy than manufacturing a product from brand new raw materials, which means
you’re saving energy when you recycle. Plus, recycling:
All in all, recycling helps protect the environment for future generations.
There’s a reason why you can’t place Ziploc® brand Bags and other plastic bags
in your recycling bin at home. When you put all of your recycling into your household
recycling bin, it’s called Single Stream Recycling—and it’s a pretty high-tech operation.
Trucks carry your recycling to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where all those
plastic bottles and metals get separated so they can be processed and re-made into
new products. The items are placed on a conveyor belt, where different materials
get separated in different ways.
First, paper and cardboard get separated out by a machine with fast, rotating wheels.
Then huge magnets pull out some of the metals. Other metals that a magnet won’t
grab, like aluminum, are pulled out by a machine called an “Eddy Current Rotor.”
Plastic and glass move on down the line to an Optical Scanning System, which recognizes
the plastics and blows them away with a blast of air. The heavier glass moves on
to the end of the line where it falls into its own glass bins.
Since plastic bags (like Ziploc® brand Bags) and wrappers are lightweight
and flexible and come in a lot of different sizes and shapes, they can get tangled
up in the machines that sort all the other recyclables and force the whole line
to shut down. That’s why certain locations, like recycling centers and retail stores,
have made themselves available as drop-offs for these unique recyclables. Here’s
a list of items you can recycle at these locations:
So even though you can’t place Ziploc® brand Bags in your recycling bin
at home, it’s still easy to recycle them. Just visit a store or recycling center
that offers a plastic-bag recycling program and place your used Ziploc®
brand Bags (clean and dry) in the same bins
as those plastic shopping bags.
To learn more about recycling plastic bags, visit
www.plasticbagrecycling.org. Also, a few of the key organizations in the
plastic film recycling industry include TREX,
and Mountain Valley Recycling.