Campus-wide Flexible Plastic Packaging

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November 15, 2021

Penn is now accepting flexible plastic packaging through our single-stream recycling hauler! Effective immediately, you can simply put the accepted flexible plastic packaging materials in the same blue recycling container as paper, glass, aluminum, and other rigid plastics. You will not need to collect the flexible plastic packaging materials separately from other recyclables. Newly accepted items include: food pouches, shopping bags, bubble wrap, air pillows, case wrap, and more. These flexible plastics are collected, processed and then sold as material to be turned into roofing material. (Please note that this only applies to Penn-owned and -operated buildings which are serviced by FRES Housekeeping. If you are outside of a Penn-owned building, please follow the specific recycling practices outlined for those spaces.)