Plastic Bag Recycling Program Kicks Off

Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 2:54am

The Streets Division announced the start up of the plastic bag recycling program. The drop off program will start with nine sites with at least four more sites to be added in the coming weeks. With the start of the drop off program, most clean plastic bags are banned from disposal in Madison refuse carts and dumpsters.

"We are very pleased to get this program started," said Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann. "We hope that Madison residents will take advantage of the new program and recycle as many of their plastic bags as possible."

The new drop off program was a result of the nationwide movement to ban or recycle plastic grocery bags. In addition to plastic grocery bags the new program will take the following plastic bags;

Most Plastic Bags From Retailers
Dry Cleaning Bag
Softener Salt Bags
Newspaper Delivery Bags
Ice Cube Bags
Plastic Film from Beverage Cases
Plastic Air Pillow Packaging.

Material that will not be taken includes

Black or Dark Colored Bags
Drawstring Bags
Food Wrap
Meat Wrap
Prepackaged Produce Bags
Bags From Inside Cereal and Cracker Boxes
Bubble Wrap

All bags must be empty, dry and clean.

The City of Madison's plastic bags drops off locations are as follows:

Streets Division Self Help Drop Off Centers
East: 4602 Sycamore Av.
South: 1501 W. Badger Rd
West: 402 South Point Rd

Other City Sites
Glenway Golf Course Waste Oil Site
Monona Golf Course Waste Oil Site
Warner Park Community Recreation Center

City Program Participants
Aldi Stores
3925 Lien Rd
8222 Watts Rd.
University Bookstore
713 State St

In addition to the drop off sites in the City of Madison program, there are at least 21 retailers that recycle bags. A complete list of those locations can be found at


  • George Dreckmann267-2626