Established in 2007, Bag Central Station (BCS) is a campaign launched by the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance to address the issue of recycling plastic bags. This proactive program continues to provide consumers with a choice when they shop at their local grocery store (paper, plastic, or reusable bags) while minimizing the environmental impact of plastic bags.


How does this service help you?

• Facilitates consumer choices (plastic, paper, reusable)

• Reduces waste

• Reduces environmental contamination




Which types of bags are recyclable?

• Grocery bags

• Dry cleaning bags

• Bread bags

• Department store bags

• Shrink wrap


• Albertsons-Safeway

• Bashas’ (Incl. Food City and AJ’s)

• Fry’s (Incl. Marketplace and Mercado)

• IGA Family of Stores

• Los Altos Ranch Markets

• Wal-Mart


Each partner city has specific guidelines and restrictions. To find out more, click the city's name to visit their recycling information center!


Our partner cities include Avondale, Chandler, Flagstaff, Glendale, Kingman, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, and Williams.


The harm of incorrectly disposing plastic bags

• It takes months to hundreds of years for plastic bags to breakdown in landfills.

• Plastic bags eventually break down through a process called photodegradation, which releases harmful toxins into the soil.

• When mixed with curbside recyclables such as  bottles and cans, plastic bags can cause severe complications and damage processing machines at recycling facilities.


What about paper bags?

• It is a common misconception that paper bags are  friendlier to the environment  than plastic bags.

• The production of paper bags emits 70 percent more pollution than the production of plastic bags.

• It takes 91 percent more energy to recycle a pound of paper than a pound of plastic.

• The EPA has recently stated that paper does not degrade much faster in landfills than plastic.


How Bag Central Station Helps Consumers

• Plastic bag bans do not solve the problem as most consumers will instead use paper bags.

• The solution is to provide consumers with a choice and the ability to correctly recycle plastic bags.

• Bag Central Station provides consumers with a place where they can recycle their plastic bags.

• Recycled plastic bags are turned into new bags, composite lumber, and other useful items.



Visit PlasticFilmRecycling.org to locate your nearest recycling location

Composite lumber material.



If you are a member of the Retail Industry, City Official or a member of the Press and would like more information regarding Bag Central Station, please contact:


Debbie Roth

Tel:    602-252-9761

Fax:    602-252-9021


Bag Central Station is an Arizona Food Marketing Alliance Initiative


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