Bubble Wrap

Alternative ways to recycle
Garbage or Special Recycling Drop-Off

Bubble wrap should be placed in your garbage can, or can be brought to a special drop-off location for recycle or reuse. Residents may drop-off clean, gently used packaging material, such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts, to local mail companies for reuse. Stores that may accept packing material for reuse: 

Alpine Shipping & Packaging
11448 Deerfield Dr # 2 | (530) 582-0444 
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Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

American Mail Center
11200 Donner Pass Rd Suite E4 | (530) 582-1746
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Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Bubble Wrap® Recycling Program

Bubble wrap producer Sealed Air recommends you reuse your bubble wrap whenever possible to maximize its life. However, if you have a large quantity you need to get rid of, you can ship it back to Sealed Air. Find out more.

Ways to Reduce

Choose a Greener Alternative

If you buy bubble wrap to use for personal or business use, consider a greener alternative like EcoEnclose’s Corrugated Bubble.

newspaper ball

Use Newspaper Instead

Newspaper also works well to wrap items for shipping or storage, and newspaper balls can fill up empty space in packages. It can always be recycled after it has been used, too.

Ways to Reuse

Use It Again

Keep any bubble wrap you receive and use it when you next need to wrap something fragile. One piece of bubble wrap can be used many times before it loses its usefulness.

Take It to a Mail Store

Some mailing stores will accept bubble wrap and other packing materials for drop-off. However, it depends on policies and current supply, so call ahead to ask.

crisper drawers

Line Your Crisper Drawer

Use bubble wrap as a liner for your crisper drawer to prevent your fruits and vegetables from getting bruised.


Bubble wrap can make some amazing costumes. Check out Martha Stewart’s No-Sew Bubble Wrap Jelly Fish and other ideas on Pinterest.

Did You Know?

Bubble Wrap: A Happy Accident

Bubble wrap was first created by engineers in the 1950s who were trying to create a 3D plastic wallpaper. Though the wallpaper idea never came to fruition, they realized their invention would make a great packing material.