Plastic Film Recycling @ Your Library

Our plastic film recycling program has come to an end as of September 7, 2021. Unfortunately, Kohl’s stores have decided to no longer participate in the program, leaving us with no local drop-off locations to use for our recycling. We have to stop collecting plastic effective immediately.
We were able to collect more than 500 pounds of plastic for the library AND 500 pounds for the Town of Sherman since May, keeping half a ton of plastic out of the landfill! Thank you to everyone who participated, and thank you to Snow’s Family Market for being one of our pickup locations.

The Mercer Public Library is participating in the Trex Community Challenge Program. If we collect more than 500 pounds of plastic refuse between now and October 2021, Trex will donate a high-performance composite bench to our community. Reduce your impact on the environment and keep plastic film out of the landfill.

Click here to download a flyer explaining what can and cannot be recycled. 

What can be recycled?

  • plastic films labeled with #2 or #4 recycling symbols
  • retail bags
  • grocery bags and produce bags
  • produce bags
  • pallet wrap
  • air pillows and bubble wrap
  • dry cleaning bags
  • Ziplock and other resealable food storage bags
  • cereal bags
  • newspaper sleeves
  • bread bags
  • case overwrap, like the plastic wrapping on water bottles or toilet paper
  • pallet wrap and stretch film
  • salt bags and wood pellet bags

All plastic must be clean, dry, and free of food residue. Remove any paper labels, receipts, and other non-recyclable items.

What cannot be recycled?

  • shiny, crinkly items like floral wrap, chip bags, or candy bar wrappers
  • compostable packaging
  • pre-washed salad bags
  • pet food bags
  • mulch or soil bags
  • six-pack rings
  • pet food bags
  • meat packaging
  • gloves and other PPE
  • vinyl shower curtains or tablecloths
  • frozen food bags
  • net or mesh produce bags

Visit for more details.