Merrick, Inc. will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, in observance
of the holiday season. Normal business hours will resume Thursday, December 26.

Plastic Recycling

Merrick’s Plastic Recycling Program provides meaningful employment for 28 clients and six support staff while diverting more than 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

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*