Don’t Have Plastic Bag Regret: Recycle Your Sandwich Bags!

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Practically every school day growing up, I’d sit down to the cafeteria table to eat my lunch and I’d pull out a PB&J that my mother had stuffed into a Ziploc® bag. This ritual lasted for years until I was too cool to bring a PB&J to school. I then upgraded to much fancier sandwiches wedged into plastic bags; turkey and swiss, jelly and cream cheese, and the like. Oh, the days before mommy bloggers, Pinterest boards filled with healthy lunch ideas, Michael Pollan, (and sites like Eco-Chick…)!

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A fact I recently learned sparked this childhood reflection. Ziploc bags, when clean and dry, are recyclable at more than 18,000 retail locations – including large retailers such as Target and Walmart.

Now my only lunch regret from my school days is that I never recycled the thousands of plastic bags I used for my snacks and sandwiches—they all went off to the landfill (doh!).


In fact, Ziploc brand bags can be recycled in the same bins as plastic shopping bags and certain locations—like recycling centers and retail stores—have set up drop-offs for plastic bag recycling. If only my mother and I had known way back when. If you are looking for responsible ways to take care if your garbage, see here this post about skip bin hire Canberra.

Here’s a handy list of items that can be dropped off at a recycling location near you (so you don’t have plastic bag regrets):

  • Ziploc® brand bags (clean and dry)
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Newspaper bags
  • Dry-cleaning bags
  • Bread bags and produce bags
  • Toilet paper, napkin and paper-towel wraps
  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • All clean bags labeled #2 or #4

Not sure about exactly where those recycling locations are near you? You can search Earth911’s directory simply by inputting your to-be-recycled item, and your zip code, and you’ll get a list of places you can recycle anything.

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This post on raising awareness that Ziploc® brand bags are recyclable is sponsored by Ziploc®.


Lindsay has spent her career at the intersection of media and social change. In her role at Eco-Chick, Lindsay has established partnerships and campaigns with some of the world’s most-recognized companies committed to sustainability and CSR. She co-created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay is the Marketing and Sustainability Manager at Health-Ade Kombucha and previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia. There she directed corporate advertising dollars to the nation’s most effective non-profits tackling urgent social issues in local communities and was awarded CBS Corporation’s prestigious Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine,,, and for environmentalists Laura Turner Seydel and Susan Rockefeller. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.