Plastic Air Pillows Garbage or Special Recycling Drop-Off Soft plastics, known as film plastics, should be placed in your garbage can, or can be brought to a film plastic recycling drop-off location. Find your closest drop-off location. Ways to Reuse Reuse for Packaging Keep plastic air pillows around the house; they can be used to pad boxes for shipping purposes. Take Them to a Mail Store Some mailing stores will accept air pillows and other packing materials for drop-off. However, it depends on policies and current supply, so call ahead to ask.