Plastic Wrap

Put in Garbage/Landfill

Please put plastic cling wrap in the garbage.

Plastic wrap is not accepted in the curbside recycling program because it is too easily contaminated by other waste materials, and can become wrapped around sorting lines (causing expensive repairs).

Plastic Bag

Never Recycle With Plastic Bags

Cling wrap cannot be recycled with other plastic films because it is a complex plastic made with chemicals that are difficult to remove during recycling.

Ways to Reduce


Use Reusable Containers Instead

Whenever possible, use reusable containers instead of wrapping food in plastic wrap.


Ask for Butcher Paper at the Deli

Even though major brands have discontinued using PVC in their plastic wrap, grocery stores may still use PVC plastic wrap for their deli packaging. Because PVC contains harmful chemicals, ask for butcher or freezer paper instead of plastic wrap.

Did You Know?

What's in Your Plastic Wrap?

Many companies — though not all — have stopped making their plastic wrap from PVC (plastic #3), and have instead switched to LDPE (plastic #4). This is because PVC contains toxic plasticizers such as DEHA, which can transfer into food it touches.