Plastic Bags

Trash Container Plastic Bag Drop-Off

Plastic bags, wrap, and plastic film materials are NEVER accepted in curbside  recycling or at Burbank Recycle Center.  

Find out more by clicking the blue link to our plastic bag (film) drop-off PDF. Make sure to know what type of bag material is accepted because there are restrictions.


Avoiding plastic bags is always the first step but if you do get a grocery style bag and can’t find a way to reuse it yourself, the Burbank library bookstore takes bag donations to use for their book sale’s customers. 


  • Plastic or paper with a handle
  • Grocery size to book bag size
  • Clean inside and out with no holes

Small amounts (like a bag of bags), can be directly dropped off to Central or to Buena vista bookstores.  For donation of larger quantites, contact [email protected].

Other donations accepted CD’s, DVDs, VHS, and magazines accepted at the Central library–1 or 2 bags can be dropped off at the front desk. More than 2 bags contact [email protected]

Plastic Bag

Keep Separate From Hard Plastics

Many plastic bags are labeled #2 or #4, but they are too thin to recycle with hard plastics and will get caught in recycling machinery. Find out how to dispose of plastic bags.

Must Be Clean and Dry

Only plastic bags that are clean and dry can be recycled. Empty your bag and wash out any sticky residues. Paper receipts, food traces or other materials can contaminate the recycling process.

Ways to Reduce

reusable tote bag

Reusable Bags

Bring along a reusable tote to save plastic on your next trip to the grocery store. Some grocery stores will offer a small cash rebate when you bring in bags.

Ways to Reuse

Reuse Plastic Bags

Reuse plastic bags as much as you can. You can use them to line small garbage bins around your home and keep an emergency stash in your car for the days you forget your reusable bags at home.

Did You Know?

The Impact of Plastic Pollution

More than one million plastic bags are used per minute worldwide, and on a daily basis, over 10 metric tons of plastic from Los Angeles enters the Pacific Ocean each day. Ninety percent of trash floating in the ocean is from plastic that will take between five hundred and one thousand years to degrade. In the meantime, one million birds and 100,000 marine animals are killed each year because of plastic floating in the ocean.

Plastic Bags Become Composite Lumber

Check out this fun video from Vancouver, Washington about how plastic bags and films are recycled into products like composite lumber, which is often used to make decks.