Q: Dog food bags are not recyclable. Why?

A: Most feed bags for pets and livestock are made of woven Polypropylene plastic (PP, or #5 plastic) and often carry the recycling symbol, but are NOT recyclable. While we accept #5 cups and containers, we cannot accept the #5 bags, for the same reason we cannot accept any film plastic bag, shrink-wrap, bubble-wrap etc. - when processed, the stretchy plastic gets wrapped around the sorting equipment. Even paper feed bags usually have a plastic liner that makes them unrecyclable in the Athens single-stream process. The only large bags we can process are those made ONLY of paper, like a charcoal bag or empty lawn/leaf refuse bag. If your large bag tears easily with no stretching, it can be included for recycling.

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1. Q: Documents for Shredding - Where do I take them?
2. Q: When will my recyclables be collected?
3. Q: How and where can I recycle plastic bags and other stretchy plastics?
4. Q: How do I recycle Shredded Paper? Why can it not go in the bin?
5. Q: What is single stream recycling?
6. Q: Your signs say ‘no plastic bags’; can I put my recyclables in a bag?
7. Q: Batteries and light bulbs: where I can recycle them?
8. Q: Can I recycle my pizza boxes?
9. Q: My roll-cart is full and I have more recyclables. What do I do?
10. Q: Why can’t plastic bags, wraps, etc., be recycled on the curb or at a drop-off site?
11. Q: What questions should I be asking that would help my family become more efficient recyclers?
12. Q: How can I get one those amazing reusable recycling bags for my recycling?
13. Q: What do I need to know to insure that the things I recycle are actually sold to be repurposed?
14. Q: Plastics are confusing, which ones can I recycle?
15. Q: Can caps and lids be left on containers for recycling?
16. Q: What is a Pay-As-You-Throw garbage collection system?
17. Q: What is the biggest mistake residential customers make in recycling?
18. Q: Dog food bags are not recyclable. Why?
19. Q: What is the Waste Minimization Fee?