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Plastic Bags and Film

Plastic grocery bags, wrap and similar products (stretchy like a bread bag) are called film plastic. They often have a recycling symbol with a #2 or a #4 located on the material. Examples of film plastics include grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags, plastic overwrap, cereal and cracker box liners. 

What's the best option for managing my Plastic Bags (and film plastics)?



The most impactful thing you can do to help is reduce the amount of film plastic you consume. Next time you're out shopping, bring a reusable bag with you to carry your purchases.


The next best option is to reuse any plastic bags you accumulate for bagging pet waste, diapers and any other individually contained messes.


Finally, recycle your plastic bags and film. Film plastics are not accepted in our blue cart program, but take them to any of our recycling stations or take back to participating retailersRemove all materials from inside the bags, stuff all bags into one bag and tie it before you drop it off for recycling. This helps ensure plastic bags don’t end up as litter and stuck in our beautiful Cottonwood trees!

"Why can't I put plastic bags in the Blue Cart?"  Plastic bags and stretchy plastic films get tangled in machinery, can damage the equipment and cause the sorting facility to shut down. They can also contaminate other types of recyclable products. For these reasons, they need to be collected separately for recycling.

For more information and tips about plastic bags and the curbside recycling program click here.


Dispose of any dirty plastic bags (or other film plastics) in your black cart. Chip bags and plastic wrappers (crinkly plastics) are not recyclable and must go in your black cart.


For more information

Online: Submit a service request
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Address:  City Hall, 910 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0P6