Currently more than 1 billion pounds of plastic bags and wraps are recycled annually. But plastic film packaging, beyond just bags, still has tremendous unrealized potential. The Flexible Film Recycling Group, along with Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, developed the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) to engage stakeholders (recyclers, local/state governments, brand companies, retailers, and others) in educating consumers and facilitating film recycling in communities across the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is WRAP?
The Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) is a platform to educate and motivate consumers to recycle more plastic bags and film at participating drop-off locations and to encourage retailers to accept this material from their customers.
How do I get involved with WRAP?
You can join the WRAP movement by spreading the word about what and where plastic film can be recycled. Go to www.PlasticFilmRecycling.org to find drop-off locations, learn how to set up a collection program, and download educational materials to facilitate plastic film recycling in your area. To start a program in your community or bring your business on board, please contact Shari Jackson (Shari_Jackson@americanchemistry.com)
What kinds of plastic bags and film can be recycled?
Please recycle only clean and dry plastic bags and film packaging. Remove receipts or any other items from the bags. Examples include: Retail and plastic bags labeled #2 or #4, furniture and electronic wraps, zip close food storage bags (clean and dry), plastic cereal box liners (do not include if it tears like paper), plastic shipping envelopes including Tyvek, bubble wrap and air pillows (remove labels and/or deflate), case wrap (from snack multipacks or water bottles), and any other film packaging or bag with the How2Recycle label. Note: Please DO NOT include any bag or packaging that is compostable or degradable.
What is the How2Recycle label?
The How2Recycle label was recently created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information for consumers. Any film package that has the How2Recycle label can be recycled along with grocery and retail bags. Learn more here: www.how2recycle.info.