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Plastic Film Recycling

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As of fall 2014, Lehigh University is collecting plastic film for recycling. Lehigh University in partnering with Giant Food Stores and the Trex Company to recycle plastic film generated on Lehigh's campus. The plastic film that is collected will be recycled by Trex and turned into alternative lumber, decking, and furniture. More information about their products may be found on their website

Collection bins can be found at 7 locations on campus

  • STEPS Concourse
  • Rauch Business Center
  • Linderman Library
  • EWFM Library
  • Lamberton Hall
  • University Center
  • Iacocca Hall

Procedure for recycling plastic film

Plastic film must be collected separately from Lehigh's single-stream recycling system. If plastic film is placed in the blue recycling bin, it will cause expensive and inconvenient machine clogging at the recycling facility. For this reason, all plastic film must be collected and recycled separately. As well, for plastic film to be recycled it must be clean, dry and free of food residue. If your plastic film does not meet this criteria, please place the items in the trash bin. 

What can be recycled?

  • Grocery bags
  • Bread bags
  • Case overwrap
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Ice bags
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Ziplock and other recloseable bags
  • Produce bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Salt bags
  • Cereal bags 
  • Airpak packets 
  • Plastic wrap 

*All plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue. 

Questions about the plastic film recycling program? Please contact recycle@lehigh.edu