Plastic Air Pillows Curbside Trash Curbside Recycling Plastic Air Pillows may be placed in your recyclables cart ONLY if completely deflated 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 Plastic Air pillows are not accepted in curbside recycling as they can cause a lot of problems such as getting stuck in the sorting equipment. Loose Plastic Air Pillows must be placed in your curbside trash cart. You can also recycle your plastic items at participating locations by bringing them to a drop-off location. Find your closest drop-off location. Deflate First Plastic air pillows should be deflated before they are placed in recycling. Make sure only to recycle plastic air pillows that are clean and dry. Ways to Reuse Reuse for Packaging Keep plastic air pillows around the house; they can be used to pad boxes for shipping purposes. Take Them to a Mail Store Some mailing stores will accept air pillows and other packing materials for drop-off. However, it depends on policies and current supply, so call ahead to ask.