Plastic bags, plastic film*, 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 such as a grocery store. Otherwise, plastic bags should go to the landfill.


*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.