Recycling at Sacred Heart, 4

Care for Creation Includes Recycling Plastic Bags
Fourth in a Series

Many of us have wondered why plastic bags (and plastic film) are NOT accepted in our township recycling bins, and what to do with all the different types of plastic bags that enter our homes.

While some programs accept bags and wraps in their curbside collection programs, most do not. That’s because the bags and wraps have to be clean and dry to be recycled, and collecting them in curbside bins with bottles and containers generally leaves them too dirty and wet to be recycled. Additionally, bags and films can jam sorting machinery, creating problems for the businesses that sort recyclables.

However, in our area, many retailers have plastic bag recycling receptacles in their entry or lobby areas and these are NOT limited to grocery bags.  They accept ALL recyclable plastic bags.  This has been confirmed by calling the stores in our area including Grosse Ile Kroger, Meijer, Target, Wal-Mart, and Lowe’s.


  • Remove receipts, crumbs, labels, tape, and adhesive strips
  • Make sure bags are clean and dry

Please recycle the following:

  • Retail, Newspaper, Dry Cleaning, Bread, Produce, and also other Plastic Bags labeled #2 and #4
  • Zip Close Food Storage bags (clean and dry)
  • Furniture and Electronic wrap
  • Plastic cereal box liners (if it tears like paper do not include)
  • Plastic shipping envelopes, including Tyvek, bubble wrap and air pillows (Remove labels and/or deflate)
  • Any plastic bag with the label: “How2Recycle”
  • If plastic film stretches when you pull it with your fingers, you can recycle it
  • Colored plastic is OK

The following items are NOT acceptable:

  • Frozen food or pre-washed salad bags (these bags contain a barrier layer to help protect the food and extend shelf life which is not acceptable for recycling)
  • Candy wrappers or chip bags (or any such bags that crinkle loudly when mashed in your hand)
  • Thicker or stiff plastic like pet food bags or bedding bags (or anything with a zipper)
  • If it tears like paper, it is NOT OK.
  • Bags marked degradable or bio-degradable (these will degrade over time so cannot be recycled)

REMINDER: You can also donate your plastic grocery bags to the mat makers at Sacred Heart.

NOTE: More information on plastic bag recycling can be found online at

First in a Series – Recycling Common Items
Second in a Series – Clothing Recycling
Third in a Series – Responsible Disposal of Electronics and Hazardous Waste