Containers, Bottles, and Jugs
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #7 plastic containers, bottles, and jugs are accepted for recycling throughout Eau Claire County.
Polystyrene containers (i.e. Styrofoam cups, plates, to go containers, etc.) are not recyclable and must be landfilled.
Note: plastic containers containing 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
These CAN be recycled, just not through your curbside hauler or the recycling drop off site.
These materials should be kept separate and brought to a retailer that collects them. Plastic Film Recycling has a list of retail stores in and near Eau Claire County that accepts these materials for recycling.
Plastic films and bags need to be clean and dry.
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 does NOT include:
- Salt bags
- Frozen food bags
- Pre-washed salad mix bags
- Chip bags
- Biodegradable or compostable bags
Packing peanuts, whether they are made from styrofoam or corn starch, are accepted at the following businesses on an as needed basis:
- Automation Displays, (715) 834-9595
- Country Treasures, (715) 723-8883
- Pak Mail, (715) 831-8808
At this time, there are no businesses in the region that accept rigid Styrofoam for recycling.