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Plastic Bags & Film

Reduce Your Consumption of Plastic Bags

Each year, Americans throw away more than 100 billion plastic bags. Less than 1% is recycled. (Source)

  • Sign up for the Pelham CSA to receive a weekly supply of vegetables (June-November) with minimal packaging.
  • When you are purchasing just a few items, carry them in your hands or drop them in your pocket, purse or briefcase.
  • Bring your own reusable bags to the farmer’s market, grocery store or any store (reusable bags can be used for all of your shopping).
  • Grow fruits and vegetables right on your own property!

Recycling Plastic Bags

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Recycling plastic bags at DeCicco’s

Though Westchester County recycles plastics #1 through #7 with curbside pickup, you cannot recycle plastic grocery and carryout bags and plastic film (such as dry cleaning bags) with your curbside recycling.

You can recycle plastic bags at the back of DeCicco’s. Look for the large garbage can with a slit cut into the lid. It is near the bay door to the left of the bottle recycling machines.

Plastic Bags Accepted for Recycling

Apart from the plastic carry out bags covered by the law, most stores will also accept the following clean and dry materials (check with your store for details):

  • Plastic retail bags with string ties and rigid plastic handles removed
  • Plastic newspaper bags
  • Plastic dry-cleaning bags
  • Plastic produce bags with all food residue removed
  • Plastic bread bags with all food residue removed
  • Plastic cereal bags with all food residue removed
  • Plastic frozen food bags with all food residue removed
  • Plastic wrap from paper products (paper towels, etc)
  • Plastic stretch/shrink wrap with all food residue removed
  • Plastic zipper-type bags with plastic closing mechanism removed