This is a core Ridwell category which means we pick it up every two weeks!

Plastic film

What Plastic film can we take?

This category includes all clean and compressible plastic. In order to be properly recycled, please rinse it to remove any food and make sure it's dry to avoid mold. Thank you!

Ziploc

Bubble wrap

Air pillows

Grocery bags

Prime shippers

Bread bags

Newspaper bags

Dry food bags

Produce bags

Outer wrapping

Dry cleaning bags

Salad bags

Cereal bags

Wrapping with labels

Veggie bags

Freezer bags

String cheese wrappers

Six pack rings

What isn't in this category?

While the category includes a ton, any hard plastic, dirty film, or anything made of mixed material isn't included (shiny metallic material too).

Firm plastic

Hard plastic containers can go in your recycling bin!

Paper + plastic

Since these are mixed materials, they can't be easily recycled.

Bags with silver inside

Since these are mixed materials, they can't be easily recycled.

Chip bags

Since these are mixed materials, they can't be easily recycled.

Granola bar wrappers

Since these are mixed materials, they can't be easily recycled.

Squeezable food containers

These are too difficult to clean to be recycled.

Metallic bubble wrap

Since these are mixed materials, they can't be easily recycled.

Insulated bags

Since these are mixed materials, they can't be easily recycled.

Blister packs

Hard semi-flexible packaging around things like batteries and electronics.

Plastic food wrap

These are made of plastic and vinyl so can't be easily recycled.

Vinyl

Latex

Woven plastic sacks

Best to reuse these! Or throw them away if unusable.

Non-woven plastic totes

Best to reuse these! Or throw them away if damaged.

Cellophane

True cellophane is made of plant materials and can be composted!

Bottle caps

These are under 3 inches and so can't be recycled curbside!

Pull caps

These are under 3 inches and so can't be recycled curbside!

Plastic film.

Thin plastics, or plastic film, are light-weight, crunchable, flexible plastic material made from the by-products of oil refinement.

The city can take just a few items or you could drive around looking for a drop off. With Ridwell, we will take everything off your hands, from your doorstep.

As a core category, you will have a dedicated bag for plastic film. It is one of the most impactful for reducing household waste and global pollution.

If it's clean, dry, and crunchable, it goes in the plastic film!

Why it shouldn't be thrown away or recycled curbside

Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose, leaking pollutants into our soil and water. Not only is this threatening to our health and safety but also to marine life.

While some cities (like Seattle) can recycle grocery and newspaper bags, more often then not, they end up splitting apart in the process and having to be thrown away.

Why is Ridwell better?

Ridwell can take all sorts of thin plastics from ziploc to grocery bags, bubble wrap to dry cleaning bags. You don't have to think about what goes were or tie it in a larger bag.

Plastics that can be recycled are first sorted, shredded, and rid of any impurities like paper. These shreds are then melted and formed into pellets, which can be made into other products.

It can also be turned into more practical things like composite decking material!