STRONG ENOUGH TO USE AGAIN
Ziploc® Bags are reusable after hand-washing and drying. So, before you choose to recycle make sure you made the most out of your Ziploc® bags. However, We do not recommend reusing Ziploc® bags after storing raw meat, fish, eggs or potentially allergy triggering foods.
Yes, it’s true, Ziploc® brand bags are recyclable. Really! Just look for the bin next time you’re at your local participating store. Your used Ziploc® brand bags (clean and dry) go in the same bins as those plastic shopping bags.
See what is accepted in your municipality. Recycling of LDPE or plastic bags vary from municipality to municipality, please check with your local recycling office to see what is accepted in your area.
Recycling in Partnership with TerraCycle®
Ziploc® and TerraCycle® have partnered to create a recycling program for Ziploc® flexible plastic bags to reach out to those Costco Members that can’t recycle in their municipalities.
Participating is simple and free.
- • We encourage you to ship larger and less frequent shipments to minimize number of shipments for this program to help the environment even more.
- • You don’t need to clean the packaging before sending it to TerraCycle, but please make sure the bags are empty. UPS will not accept dripping packages, so please make sure your items are dry.
Program only accepts Ziploc® flexible plastic bags. Corrugate board or cartons are not accepted.
Find Recycling Locations
To learn more about recycling plastic bags, visit: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org.
The process of recycling uses far less energy than manufacturing with brand new raw materials. Recycling conserves energy and natural resources, reduces pollution, and helps prevent landfills from filling up. Simply put, recycling protects the environment for children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Just Drop ‘Em Off
Certain locations, like recycling centers and retail stores, have set up drop-offs for plastic bag recycling.You can drop off:
- •Ziploc® brand bags (clean and dry)
- •Plastic grocery bags
- •Newspaper bags
- •Dry-cleaning bags
- •Bread bags and produce bags
- •Toilet paper, napkin and paper-towel wraps
- •Plastic shipping envelopes
- •All clean bags labeled #2 or #4
What Gets Made?
The majority of recycled plastic bags become composite lumber. Composite lumber is used for fences, benches, decks, door and window frames, and even playground equipment. You can also visit these key plastic recycling organizations for more information: TREX, Hilex and AERT.
We’ve designed all Ziploc® brand containers to be used multiple times. When containers get reused, less trash ends up in landfills and less manufacturing energy is expended. That’s good news all around. Ziploc® brand containers are made from polypropylene and can be recycled in a limited (but growing number) of communities. When it’s time to replace a used container, that used container can be converted into something new, instead of more trash for a landfill.
Safety & Plastics
SC Johnson’s Ziploc® brand Bags and Containers are BPA free. Our products are extensively evaluated for toxicity and safety and comply with applicable quality and safety regulations. A recent study conducted and published by the University of Cincinnati found that the estrogen-like chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been shown to encourage the growth of a specific category of prostate cancer cells. BPA is commonly used in the manufacture of certain plastic products such as food-can coatings, milk-container liners, food containers, and water-supply pipes. Many reports of this study note that this chemical is commonly found in plastic food storage containers.
A few years back, concerns were raised about the alleged dangers of using plastics in microwaves. The presumption argued that a combination of fat, high heat and plastic releases dioxin into food and ultimately into the cells of the body, which would then increase the risk of producing cancerous cells. After we researched these claims, it became clear that the information was misleading and unnecessarily alarming. Dioxins only form when chlorine is combined with extremely high temperatures (such as 1,500 degrees F). The most powerful kitchen microwave oven will never reach this temperature. Even if you reached 1500F (theoretically), all Ziploc® brand products are 100% dioxin-free.
When label directions are followed, Ziploc® brand products can be used with confidence. All Ziploc® brand Containers and microwavable Ziploc® brand Bags meet the safety requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for temperatures associated with defrosting and reheating food in microwave ovens, as well as room, refrigerator and freezer temperatures.