The City of Madison now requires residents to recycle certain clean bags. These bags can no longer be put in your tan refuse cart but must be recycled. You can recycle the bags in your green recycling cart by following the instructions below. You can also recycle your bags at one of the retailers on our list.
Note: You can still use plastic bags for trash. If you are using plastic grocery bags for your trash you can continue to do that.
It is important that all bags must be:
What Plastic Bags Do I Recycle?
The City of Madison program accepts the following types of plastic bags for recycling:
Grocery, Retail, and Drug Store Bags
Newspaper Delivery Bags
Dry Cleaning Bags
Softener Salt Bags
Ice Cube Bags
All Clean Bags Labeled #2 and #4
Plastic film wrapping from plastic water and beverage bottle casing
Large pillow packing bubbles
Do NOT Recycle
Food Packaging (meat wrap, prepackaged / produce bags, etc.)
Dark Green or Black Trash Bags
Drawstring Bags Note: Drawstring bags can be recycled if the drawstrings are removed.
Put Plastic Bags In Your Green Recycling Cart
Loose plastic bags will get tangled in the sorting equipment at our recycling center. Plastic bags MUST be put inside a plastic bag. Tie the bag of bags shut and put it in your green recycling cart. It's best to use a plastic grocery/retail bag for your bags.
Donate Plastic Grocery Bags To Food Pantries
Centro Hispano: 810 W. Badger Rd. (608) 255-8471
St. Vincent DePaul: 1309 Culmen St. (608) 257-0919
Goodman-Atwood Community Center: 149 Waubesa St (608) 241-1574