Produce Bags Put in Garbage Produce bags are a type of plastic film. Plastic film includes wraps, bags, and flexible packaging. It is not ideal for curbside recycling collection because it can jam sorting equipment, causing mechanical issues. There are many participating plastic film drop-off locations that can ensure these bags get recycled. Only items that are clean and dry will be accepted, so be sure the bags are completely empty and clean of residue Not all types of plastic film are accepted at all locations. Confirm acceptability prior to drop-off. If you are not planning on taking produce bags to a dedicated plastic film recycling location, then please place them in the trash container. Throw Away Pre-Washed Salad Bags Pre-washed salad comes in plastic bags that have an extra layer to protect the bags’ contents. Packaging for salad cannot be recycled because of this extra layer, so throw it away. Ways to Reduce Reusable Produce Bags Shopping with reusable produce bags reduces your plastic waste in the same way as reusable shopping totes. This Good Housekeeping article provides an overview of great reusable produce bag products.