Plastic Bags: Recyclable or Not? by Elizabeth Ellman

If you think plastic bags can be recycled, you are correct! But if you think they can be recycled in your household recycling bin, you are sadly mistaken. Plastic bags—including zipping lunch baggies, thin produce bags, and standard grocery totes—can be dropped at stores in or near Bexley to be recycled. However, any bags placed in your household recycling bin will end up in the landfill. See the list below or take a look at this map to find out where to start recycling your plastic bags.


  1. Kroger at 2000 East Main Street

  2. Swan Cleaners at 2774 East Main Street

  3. Wal-Mart Supercenter at 3657 E Main Street

  4. Lowes at 3616 E Broad Street

  5. Kroger at 3675 East Broad Street

  6. Target at 3955 E Broad Street

  7. Giant Eagle at 2900 Stelzer Road


You can learn more about plastic bag recycling with this Fact Sheet created by SWACO, and you can always upgrade to reusable bags like these.

About Bexley's Zero Waste Plan by City of Bexley

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The City of Bexley Zero Waste Plan was approved in June, 2017. The document states, “Zero Waste is the City’s goal to significantly reduce its contribution to the landfill. This reduction will occur through reuse, recycling, and sustainable environmental initiatives that focus on our residents and business through public engagement, education and infrastructure.” Read Bexley’s Zero Waste Plan here.

What YOU Can Do by City of Bexley

Small changes in one’s routine can greatly reduce overall environmental impact. Start by calculating your carbon footprintYour kids can join in on the fun, too

Then, think about what you can do to reduce your impact. Perhaps you can:

  • Turn off and unplug appliances and electronic equipment when they are not in use; this is easy to do with a power strip. Energy is still used when an electronic is plugged in while off.

  • Utilize LED light bulbs; be sure to turn them off when they are not being used.

  • Don’t let water run; turn it off when brushing your teeth or while shampooing your hair.

  • Use cold water to wash clothes, and line dry items instead of using a dryer.

  • Collect rainwater and reuse it to water plants.

  • Sign up for electronic communications instead of mailers, when possible.

  • Use cloths instead of paper towels. You can even make your own rags from old clothing.

  • Shorten your showers.

  • Find another home for unwanted items- donate or recycle them instead of throwing them out.

  • Utilize rechargeable batteries.

  • Reuse paper items (newspaper, magazines, etc.) to wrap gifts.

  • Give items a new life by purchasing things used instead of new.

  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging.

  • Print double sided.

  • Carpool when possible.

  • Walk, bike, or use pubic transportation.

  • Bring your own reusable items (mugs to the coffee shop, bags to the grocery store, food storage container to restaurants).

For more information on these topics, please click here.