Plastic shopping bags and flexible product wrapping are not accepted in curbside recycling bins. Shopping bags and the following plastic material should be returned to the store for recycling: bags from newspapers, dry cleaning, bread and produce; wrapping from toilet paper, diapers, napkins, paper towels, furniture, electronic components and beverage cases; cereal/cracker box liners; Tyvek (no glue, labels or other materials); plastic shipping envelopes (no bubble wrap - remove labels). Click here for a full list. Items should be clean and dry with no food residue. Material not accepted includes: bags that contained chemicals, feed, soil, mulch, frozen foods or material that is wet or odorous.
NYS Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act requires most larger stores and retail chains providing plastic shopping bags to customers to set up a plastic bag/wrap recycling program.