Seattle Public Utilities

How to recycle

Grocery or Shopping Bags

In recycling

  • Clean and empty plastic grocery bags – bundle into one bag and tie off
  • Clean and dry paper bags or paper sacks

In food and yard waste

  • Paper bags that are wet or food-soiled

In garbage

  • Plastic bags that are wet or food-soiled
  • Plastic produce bags
  • Single plastic bags

Did you know?

Single plastic bags go in the garbage because they jam the machinery at the recycling facility. Produce bags are not recyclable because they often contain food or moisture that contaminate the recycling.

Decrease waste: Choose reusable items or donate to thrift stores.