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 or 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 re-sealable 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 &/or metallic-looking packaging (ex. Chip bags & candy bar wrappers)
• Rubber
• Metal

*Please remember that if the 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 & #4 material*