Newspaper Bags

Curbside Trash Curbside Recycling

Newspaper Bags and plastic wrapping, may be placed in your recyclables cart ONLY if clean, dry, 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 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.

**Self-tie the larger outside plastic bag. Plastic tags and twist ties cannot be recycled, so they should be thrown in the trash.

Must Be Clean and Dry

If newspaper bags are dirty or wet, they cannot be recycled. Water and other materials contaminate plastic film recycling. If bags are dirty or wet, clean and dry them or put them in the garbage.

Ways to Reduce

Go Digital

Most papers are offered online, so it’s easy to switch your subscription from paper to digital.

Buy From the Newsstand

Buy a newspaper from a stand instead of having it delivered so there is no bag.

Ways to Reuse

pet waste bag dispenser

Use for Dog Waste

Before buying brand new plastic bags for your dog, use bags such as newspaper bags that you already have on hand.