Containers, Bottles, and Jugs
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #7 plastic containers, bottles, and jugs are accepted for recycling throughout Eau Claire County. Styrene containers (i.e. Styrofoam cups, plates, to go containers, etc.) are not recyclable and must be landfilled.
Note: plastic containers which contain hazardous materials or motor oil should not be recycled!
Plastic containers should be rinsed before they are recycled. It is okay to leave the labels and lids on. It's helpful if bottles are flattened before they are recycled - this saves space in recycling boxes and trucks and reduces collection costs.
Plastic film, bags, and wrap
plasticfilmrecycling.org has a list of retail stores in and near Eau Claire County that accepts these materials for recycling. Plastic film and bags should not be recycled curbside.
Plastic Film includes:
- Air Pillows (popped)
- Bread Bags
- Case Wrap (ex. snacks, beverages)
- Cereal Liners
- Dry Cleaning Bags
- Food Storage Bags (ex. Ziploc bags)
- Newspaper Bags
- Produce Bags
- Retail and Grocery Bags
- Tyvek Envelopes
- Wrap around Napkin, Paper Towel and Bathroom Tissues (packaging)
Plastic film and bags needs to be clean and dry in order to be recycled.
Plastic Film does NOT include:
- Salt Bags
- Frozen Food Bags
- Prewashed Salad Mix Bags
- Biodegradable or Compostable Bags
Business Interested in Recycling Plastic Film and Bags
Reach, Inc. is able to recycle plastic film and bags from businesses. Please contact the Recycling Program for more information; 715-839-2756 or e-mail the Recycling Coordinator.
Packing peanuts, whether they are made from styrofoam or corn starch, are accepted at the following businesses on an as needed basis:
- Automation Displays (834-9595)
- Country Treasures (723-8883)
- Pak Mail (831-8808)
At this time, there are no businesses in the Chippewa Valley that accept rigid styrofoam for recycling. (As described in "Plastic - Packing Peanuts & Bags", styrofoam packing peanuts can be recycled at a small number of businesses.)