Plastic film

What Plastic film can we take?

This category includes all clean and compressable plastic. In order to be properly recycled, please rinse it to remove any food waste!


Bubble wrap

Air pillows

grocery bags

prime shippers

What isn’t in this category?

While the category includes a ton, any hard plastic, dirty film, or anything made of mixed material isn't included.

hard plastics

paper + plastic

chip bags


Plastic film.

This plastics, or plastic film, are light-weight, crunchable,flexible plastic material made from the by-products of oil refinement.

You’ll see this wrapped around packages, as air pillows, and includes clean plastic wrap, plastic grocery bags and zip locks.

As a core category, you will have a dedicated bag for plastic film. It is one of the most impactful for reducing household waste and global pollution.

If it's clean and crunchable, it goes in the plastic film!

Why it shouldn’t be thrown away or recycled curbside

Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose, leaking pollutants into our soil and water. Not only is this threatening to our health and safety but also to marine life.

Both domestic animals and all types of marine life are exposed to plastic materials in their environment. More often than we would like, we find marine life plastic bag particles in their digestive system, slowly killing them and destroying the ecosystem simultaneously.

One thing that makes plastic film tricky is that it does not belong in your regular recycling bin. The reason is that plastic film causes problems with the sorting machines. It creates a lot of extra work for individuals who need to sort out the plastic film from regular plastic.

Why is Ridwell better?

If plastic bags are recycled correctly they can be turned into all kinds of incredible products including everything from new bottles to playground equipment.

Plastics that can be recycled are first sorted, shredded, and rid of any impurities like paper. These shreds are then melted and formed into pellets, which can be made into other products.

Because of plastic’s versatility, it can be utilized in multiple ways. For instance, by converting plastic into liquid fuel, you can produce energy from it.

It can also be turned into more practical things like composite decking material!