Dry Cleaning Bags

Curbside Trash Curbside Recycling

Dry Cleaning Bags (plastic film* and plastic film packaging), may be placed in your recyclables cart ONLY if clean and tied** in a larger clear plastic bag, for the Republic Services area in West Contra Costa County. (Note: El Cerrito no longer accepts any plastic bags or film in their recycables cart, so they must go in the trash cart.)

Loose dry cleaning bags are not accepted in curbside recycling as they can cause a lot of problems such as getting stuck in the sorting equipment.

Loose bags must be placed in your curbside trash cart.

You can also recycle your plastic bags, film and wrap at participating locations by bringing them to a drop-off location. Find your closest drop-off location.


*Plastic Film – also known as plastic film packaging – is soft, flexible polyethylene (PE) packaging such as grocery, bread, zip-top and dry cleaning bags. It’s also the wrap around many products including paper plates, napkins, bathroom tissue, diapers, and more.


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Remove Tags and Hangers

Before you recycle dry cleaning bags, make sure they don’t have any tags or receipts attached to them. Remove any wire hangers from the bags as well.

Ways to Reduce

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Use Reusable Garment Bags

Reduce plastic consumption by taking your clothes to the dry cleaner in a reusable garment bag.

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Hand Wash Instead

Many items that say “dry clean only” can be washed by hand and gently steamed to remove wrinkles. Because the chemicals used in dry cleaning can leach into water supplies, only chemically clean garments that really need it.

Did You Know?

How Many Dry Cleaning Bags?

Americans use an estimated 300 million pounds of plastic dry cleaning bags each year. These bags are not easy to reuse or recycle, and often end up in landfills or contaminating the environment.

Green Dry Cleaning

The company GreenEarth Cleaning has created a way to dry clean clothing with liquid silicone instead of petrochemicals. Read more here or locate your closest green dry cleaner.