What do you take in plastic film?

Written by Emily updated 8 mths ago
  • updated 8 mths ago

“Plastic film” is the thin, flexible, and scrunchable plastic that seems to pop up absolutely everywhere. Luckily, our partner, Trex, can turn your tricky plastic film into composite decking! Want to learn more about this process? Check out this blog post!

You can find more information about the types of plastic we can and can’t take and view images here, and here are some examples:

We can take
Bubble wrap
Plastic shopping bags
Only-plastic bubble mailers (think blue-and-white Amazon Prime envelopes!)
Air pillows for shipping (please deflate them!)
Ziploc (Zip lock) bags
Produce bags
Bread bags
Newspaper bags
Plastic overwrap (like the plastic that comes wrapped around toilet paper)
Poly bags (plastic shipping bags, usually white and/or gray, that items like clothes come in)

We can’t take
Shiny silver or metallic plastic
Plastic mixed with paper (like manila bubble mailers)
Hard or firm plastics* 
Insulated bags or insulated bubble wrap
Food bags
Fruit or produce netting
Shower curtains and other items made of vinyl
Balloons (Mylar, latex, etc.)
Compostable or biodegradable plastics

Have an item you’re unsure about? Send a photo to help@ridwell.com and we’ll be happy to take a look!


*While we cannot accept hard or firm plastic in our plastic film category, members in some service areas can add clear #1 PET/PETE plastic clamshells to their pickups as a separate add-on for a small fee. Check our clamshell service areas FAQ post to see whether you are eligible for clamshell pickups.

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