The city of Tuscaloosa will no longer accept plastic film to be recycled, meaning residents will need to begin throwing away grocery bags, dry-cleaning bags, cereal-box liners and more.

Staff said processing regulations changed years ago in 2018 and said entities like the city could no longer ship certain materials to China for processing, which made it significantly more difficult to "move" plastic film collected by recycling crews.

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Director of Environmental Services Chris Meggs told the council that Tuscaloosa has held out as long as they could, stockpiling the plastic film and hoping to find another source to efficiently recycle it.

Now, the stockpiles are becoming a logistics problem and threat for rodent infestation. Meggs said it is with no joy that they must stop accepting plastic film - the city just can't take any more without somewhere to move it.

Beginning next Monday, November 27, the city will no longer accept plastic film for recycling, examples of which include:

  • Grocery bags
  • Bread bags
  • Zip-top bags
  • Dry-cleaning bags
  • Cracker and cereal box liners
  • Wrap from household products like paper towels
  • Plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap and air pillows

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