Recycling Opportunities


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Recycling Centers

Recycling Plastic Bags and Plastic Film

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Recycling Centers

Not everything can be recycled in your curbside recycling bins.  Below is a list of recycling centers anyone can drop off at in the greater DC area.  Check out each site to see drop off hours and what materials you can recycle such as:

paper products, plastics, e-waste food, batteries, christmas trees, construction supplies, shoes, cork, glass, brita filters and even old jeans!



DPW Fort Totten Transfer Station – 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE

MOM’s Organic Market Recycling Center (Ivy Center) – 1501 New York Ave. NE


Greater DC Virginia

Alexandria DPW & Alexandria Recovery Stations – 625 Burnside Pl, Alexandria, VA 22304

Arlington County Department of Environment – 4300 29th St S
ArlingtonVA 22206

MOM’s Organic Market Recycling Center (Northern Virginia)
Alexandria – 3831 Mt. Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA 22305
Arlington – 1901 N. Veitch St. Arlington, VA 22201
Merrifield – 
8298 Glass Alley Fairfax, VA 22031

Greater DC Maryland

Greenbelt Recycling Center – 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Takoma Park Public Works Department – 31 Oswego Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Community Forklift (construction supplies) – 4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston, MD 20781

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Recycling Plastic Bags and Plastic Film

Don’t Recycle plastic bags and plastic film in your curb bin!

Bring These Items to a Drop-off Location for Recycling

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.

Examples include:

  • Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers)
  • Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry)
  • Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate)
  • Product wrap on cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers, and female sanitary products
  • Furniture and electronic wrap
  • Plastic cereal box liners (but if it tears like paper, do not include)
  • Any film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle Label shown at right

*Not all items are accepted at all drop-off locations. Check with your local drop-off to see what is accepted.

Do not include:

  • Degradable/compostable bags or film packaging
  • Pre-washed salad mix bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Candy bar wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • Six-pack rings

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