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Plastic Grocery Bags and Plastic Film

Plastic bags are accepted at most grocery stores or at one of one of the following locations. Be aware that some grocery stores may only accept plastic grocery bags and not other types of plastic film such as newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, Ziploc-type bags, bubble wrap, and shrink wrap.


Name/Address/Hours Comments
City of Fort Collins: Timberline Recycling Center
1903 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins
Phone: 970-221-6600

Recycles glass and plastic #1 - #7 bottles and jars, tin and aluminum cans (rinse out), aerosol cans (completely empty), cardboard (flattened), corrugated cardboard, non-corrugated boxes (such as cereal boxes and other chipboard), egg cartons, packing, wrapping/tissue paper, low-grade paper, office paper, already-shredded paper, brown paper bags, junk mail, magazines, soft-bound manuals and books, telephone books, catalogs, non-metallic greeting cards, manilla folders, mailing tubes and more. 

While this site accepts paper that has already been shredded,  PLEASE NOTE - THIS SITE DOES NOT OFFER SHREDDING SERVICES.  Shredded paper is accepted loose in our bins.  No shredded paper in bags.

A new pilot program at the TRC is to collect plastic bags and plastic film in square-shaped bins west of the green recycling bins

VERY IMPORTANT!!! Please place ONLY the following clean and dry materials inside these specially-marked bins:

  • grocery, produce, bread, dry-cleaning, and newspaper bags
  • industrial shrink-wrap, thin-plastic case wrapping (e.g. plastic coverings for bulk paper towels and toilet paper), air pillows and bubble wrap
  • Thin-plastic, or polyethylene, is labeled with a resin identification code as #2 HDPE or #4 LDPE

“Look-alike” plastic-film materials that are NOT accepted include:

  • Pet food bags (woven plastic material)
  • Packaged/fresh produce bag (breathable plastic that’s non-recyclable)
  • Cereal box liner bags (wax-like appearance)
  • Crinkly chips bags
City of Loveland Recycling Center
400 N Wilson Ave., Loveland
Phone: 970-962-2529

The Loveland Recycling Center accepts a wide variety of materials, including #1-#7 plastic tubs, waste cooking oil, scrap metals, and other hard to recycle items including hard backed books, porcelain toilets and sinks (remove all hardware). Fort Collins residents should expect to pay a fee to drop off yard and wood waste. Electronics (TVs, computers, monitors, etc.) require a small fee. Batteries are free.

Loveland residents must present a current yard debris permit to drop off yard/wood debris.  To obtain a permit, call the Solid Waste Division at 970-962-2529 or stop by the office at 105 W. Fifth St.

Larimer County Recycling Drop-off Center
5887 S. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins
Phone: 970-498-5760

On the same property as the Larimer County Landfill, located south of Fort Collins on Taft Hill Rd. (about two miles south of Harmony Rd.). 

The Recycling Center at Larimer County Landfill accepts commingled containers, newspaper, magazines, cardboard, office paper and shredded paper, and paperboard. The recycling center accepts already-shredded paper, but does not offer paper shredding services.

Also at the landfill are a Hazardous Waste Drop an e-waste recycling facility, and a recycling facility similar to the City's drop-off recycling site.  Please refer to the Larimer County Hazardous Waste website for hours and items taken.

Lowes Home Improvement
4227 Corbett Dr., Fort Collins
Phone: 970-232-7910

Accepts clean, dry plastic grocery bags for recycling, lithium batteries, and compact flourescent light bulbs (CFLs).   Call store for more details.

Super Target
2936 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins
Phone: 970-530-3120

Accepts clean, dry plastic grocery bags for recycling.  Also MP3s, Cellphones, and print cartridges.

WalMart Supercenter
1250 E Magnolia St., Fort Collins
Phone: 970-493-3048

Accepts clean, dry plastic grocery bags for recycling. Consider re-using disposable plastic grocery bags (or better yet, replace them with canvass totes). Once the plastic bags are no longer usable, it is time to recycle them. Ask your local grocery store about including other types of polyethylene plastic bags such as newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, Ziploc-type bags, bubble wrap and shrink wrap.