Plastic Recycling

Merrick’s Plastic Recycling Program provides meaningful employment for 28 clients and six DSP while diverting nearly 1 million pounds of plastic from Twin Cities’ incinerators and landfills every year. We contract with businesses for regular pick-ups and accept plastic from the public at our 3210 program site. For more information about plastic recycling, please contact Marissa Jenson at (651) 789-6218 or MarissaJ@MerrickInc.org. You may also complete our Plastic Recycling Form.

All plastic must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.

We accept all colors of:

  • Pallet wrap & stretch film
  • Case overwrap
  • Product wrap
  • Garbage bags/liners
  • Toilet paper/paper towel/water bottle wrapping
  • Salt bags
  • Ice bags
  • Bubble wrap & packaging air pillows
  • Non-paper bubble mailers & other plastic mailers
  • Grocery/retail bags
  • Ziploc & other resealable food storage bags
  • Bread bags
  • Cereal/pasta bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Produce bags
  • Carpet overwrap
  • Furniture foam wrap
  • Heat sheets
  • Mattress bags
  • Wood pellet bags

We can’t accept:

  • Wet material
  • Hard plastic (e.g. water bottles)
  • Pallet strapping
  • Freight/shipping air sacs
  • Material containing nylon (sometimes looks like a grid in the plastic-common in pet food bags & freight/shipping air sacs)
  • Biodegradable/compostable bags or film packaging
  • Adhesives
  • Sticker backing
  • Organic material (including paper & cardboard)
  • Frozen food bags
  • Pre-washed salad mix bags
  • Six-pack rings
  • Aluminum-lined and/or metallic-looking packaging (e.g. Chip bags & candy bar wrappers)
  • Rubber
  • Metal

Please remember that if material doesn’t stretch and you cannot poke your finger through it, we cannot recycle it. We do not accept hard or crinkly material. A majority of what we recycle is #2 and #4 material.