Plastic Bags and Stringy Items

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That's a WRAP! 

St. Lucie County is proud to participate in the Wrap Recycling Action Program (W.R.A.P.)! Through partnerships with the W.R.A.P. Campaign, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful, and several other Florida entities, St. Lucie County now has four locations for residents to drop off plastic bags, plastic wrap and film recycling. The purpose of this program is four-fold:

  1. To keep plastic bags and wraps out of the environment. 
  2. To keep plastic bags and wraps out of single-stream carts.
  3. To ensure plastic bags and wraps are properly recycled.
  4. To provide residents more options to properly dispose of plastic bags and wraps in addition to grocery store drop-offs.

Plastic bags and other wrap materials are recyclable; however, they can cause damage to the single-stream sorting machines. This goes for any kind of plastic film, plastic bags, or stringy materials. When the bags and stringy materials are finally freed from the equipment, they’re taken to the landfill where they’re at risk of escaping into the environment. Plastic bags can be recycled if you take them to your local grocery retailer or one of our four drop-off locations. And of course, you can avoid them altogether by switching to reusable bags.

Items that can go into the W.R.A.P. sites include:

  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Bread bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Clear product wrap such as the wrapping around paper towels or paper plates
  • Dry cleaning wraps
  • Produce bags
  • Drink case wraps
  • Pallet and stretch wraps
  • Newspaper bags

W.R.A.P. sites will not accept:

  • Six-pack rings
  • Frozen food bags
  • Pet food bags
  • Chip or snack bags
  • Cereal bags
  • Mesh bags

A good rule of thumb is if you can poke your finger through the plastic with little effort, it is recyclable at our drop-off locations.

St. Lucie County’s W.R.A.P. locations are:

  • St. Lucie County Solid Waste Baling and Recycling Facility, 6120 Glades Cut-Off Road, Fort Pierce;
  • FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s Discover Center, 5600 US 1, Fort Pierce;
  • The Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie;
  • Morningside Branch Library, 2410 SE Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie;
  • Manatee Observation and Education Center, 480 N Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce

    For more information about the W.R.A.P. campaign visit: https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org.

For more details about St. Lucie County’s recycling efforts visit: www.stluciecountyrecycles.com.

Other Florida counties and agencies participating in this pilot program include: Indian River; Leon; Orange; Palm Beach; Seminole; Emerald Coast Utilities Authority; Florid Recycles; Waste Management; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Alachua.