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Making it Easier to Recycle Plastic Film

Despite 18,000+ U.S. collection points, only about 4% of plastic film is recycled. We're bringing recycling home.

More than 3 billion pounds of recoverable residential plastic film is generated in the U.S. each year — items like grocery bags, food packaging and Ziploc® brand bags.

While there are thousands of retail stores that accept plastic film for recycling, use of these collection bins is low, so only a small percentage is actually recycled. That’s what we’re trying to change, by making recycling easier with curbside residential pickup.

Since 2019, SC Johnson has sponsored curbside plastic film recycling pilots in multiple cities from New Jersey to Washington, for a total of 10 programs to date.

Our current plastic film recycling community partners:

Bradley Beach, NJ
Matawan, NJ
Red Bank, NJ
Avondale Estates, GA
Point Roberts, WA 
Shelton, WA
Friday Harbor, WA

Together, the pilot programs have already diverted more than 42,000 pounds of plastic film from landfills. Just as important, they’re driving conversation and raising awareness about the benefits of supporting film recycling.