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Are Ziplock bags recycleable?

post #1 of 10
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...they don't have a recycle number on them, but can they still be recycled?
post #2 of 10
Not in any recycling program I have ever heard of. Sorry.

They're good for reusing, though! If the bag is not torn and hasn't had anything really oily or staining in it, rinse it out and hang it over a spatula or something in your dish drainer. We have used some probably 20 times! Once a church friend gave me some food left over from an event in a bag he'd brought, which was the heavy duty kind with an actual sliding tab zipper, and I thanked him for the bag as well as the food. He looked at me funny. We had that bag for YEARS.
post #3 of 10
We reuse our bags too! As long as they are cleanable and don't contain raw meat I say its safe!
post #4 of 10
We just turn them inside out and wash them with the towels. It works great on the name brand ones. IMO, the store brand ones really are disposable.
post #5 of 10
You mean you wash them in the WASHING MACHINE?
post #6 of 10
They are recyclable in my city's program.
post #7 of 10
You can recycle them in our city too. If you can recycle milk bags (the thick clear plastic kind) through your city's program, you can also recycle ziplocks. A quick call to your town hall or city recycling program should be able to answer your questions.
Katia
post #8 of 10
I've heard/read that some plastics intended for single use (ziplocs, takeout containers, drink bottles) can actually break down if used again, releasing chemicals into food. Any thoughts on that, as it pertains to baggies?
post #9 of 10
You can reuse them for dry stuff, like cheerios or crackers, just lightly rinse them out afterwards and use them again.

I believe they are made of #2 plastic and can indeed be recycled if your area recycles #2 plastic.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Marni View Post

...they don't have a recycle number on them, but can they still be recycled?

Yes - 100%
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