Recycle Bags With Handles
Paper bags can be recycled even if they have handles attached with adhesive. A small amount of adhesive will not contaminate paper recycling. If the handle is not made of paper, remove it before recycling the bag.
Soiled Bags Are Not Recyclable
Wet or soiled bags should be thrown away or composted because food residue and grease contaminates recycling. If only part of the bag is soiled, remove it and recycle the rest.
Gift Bags Usually Not Recyclable
Sometimes gift bags can be recycled, but if they have a glossy coating, they are most likely a mix of plastic and paper and cannot be recycled. Learn more about reusing, reducing and recycling gift bags.
Ways to Reduce
Bring Your Reusable Bags
Skip paper bags altogether and bring your own reusable bags, which reduces how much you need to throw away or recycle.
Ways to Reuse
Reuse Paper Bags
If your paper bag is still in good condition, try reusing them as many times as you can.
Line Your Trash Can
Instead of throwing your trash into a plastic bag, use a paper bag because they will actually break down in the landfill.
Use As Wrapping Paper
Paper bags can be cut up and used as wrapping paper for small gifts. Larger shopping bags can also be used as book covers.