Plastic Bags 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. Retailers in California are prohibited from using single-use plastic checkout bags in their stores. WIth this ban, California communities are protecting local streams, rivers and lakes from plastic bag litter. Paper bags are available instead of plastic ones, and customers will be charged 10¢ per paper checkout bag. Customers are encouraged to bring along reusable bags. Learn more about the ‘Bring It Truckee’ campaign. Keep Separate From Hard Plastics Many plastic bags are labeled #2 or #4, but they are too thin to recycle with hard plastics and will get caught in the processing machinery. Find out how to dispose of plastic bags. Must Be Clean and Dry Only plastic bags that are clean and dry can be recycled. Empty your bag and wash out any sticky residues. Paper receipts, food traces or other materials can contaminate the recycling process. Ways to Reduce Reusable Bags Bring along a reusable tote to save plastic on your next trip to the grocery store. Some grocery stores will offer a small cash rebate when you bring in bags. Did You Know? The Impact of Plastic Pollution More than one million plastic bags are used per minute worldwide, and on a daily basis, over 10 metric tons of plastic from Los Angeles enter into the Pacific Ocean each day. Ninety percent of trash floating in the ocean is from plastic that will take between five hundred and one thousand years to degrade. In the meantime, one million birds and 100,000 marine animals are killed each year because of plastic floating in the ocean. Plastic Bags Become Composite Lumber Check out this fun video from Vancouver, Washington about how plastic bags and films are recycled into products like composite lumber, which is often used to make decks.