Working in the cleaning industry I have come to learn about what the city of San Francisco considers recycle materials and non-recyclable.
One of the most often misunderstood items is plastic bags and wrappers. There are many that consider the fact that it is plastic to be a go ahead for placing them in the curbside recycling bins. This isn’t the case at all, plastic bags tend to cause damage to the automated system that is used by curbside recycling centers. They often end up clogging the machinery and there fore the company must hire employees to make sure all plastic bags are taken out before they go through the machinery. Of course plastic bags, along with the list of items below can be reused. If you don’t have plans to reuse them, it is possible that you can collect them and either give them to a local manufacturer/shipper or ask if they are able to pick them up.
Other items NOT recyclable: potato chips/snack bags, candy wraps, plastic bubble envelopes, mailing air bubbles, mailing styrofoam peanuts, and styrofoam in general.