Are sandwich baggies recyclable? ~User of Baggies

Dear User of Baggies,

The good news is, yes, sandwich bags can be recycled. This includes Ziploc, Hefty, and other comparable bags. Most plastic bags are recyclable, including grocery bags, bread bags, cleaning bags and the sleeves that newspaper come in. Just be sure they are clean and dry before taking them to the recycling bins at Kroger or Walmart, not the Recycling Center as they do not have the capacity to recycle them.

Some of the plastic wrap I see doesn’t have a number of it. Can I put any plastic wraps, even those without numbers, in the drop-off bin at stores like Kroger or Walmart? ~Can’t Find A Number

Dear Can’t Find A Number,

No, your plastic wrap should not be put in a store drop-off bin, like Kroger or Walmart, unless the wrap has a #2 or #4 in the recycle symbol or a How2Recycle Label on it. Some plastic wraps have ingredients in them that can contaminate wrap recycling. If the wrap doesn’t have a recycle number or a recycle label, the safest thing to do is to throw it in the trash. When in doubt, throw it out.

Do I need to remove receipts from plastic shopping bags before putting them in the recycle bins at Kroger or Walmart? ~Shopper

Dear Shopper,

Yes, you need to remove all receipts or any kind of paper from the bag before recycling it. Paper causes problems for plastic film recyclers. If there is a paper label on your plastic bag or wraps, remove it before recycling. Plastic labels on plastic film are okay. As with all recyclable items, plastic bags, wraps and films must be clean and dry before recycling. However, you do not need to rinse and dry out the bags before recycling them.