How to Recycle Potato Chip Bags


Recycling isn't just about carting away all of your unused materials to a recycling center. Recycling also involves reusing materials for a purpose other than their initial intent. Although potato chip bags are not generally accepted by recycling centers, there are a variety of ways you can recycle them at home through reuse.

Things You'll Need

  • Potato chip bags


  • Gather your empty potato chip bags and make sure they are free of crumbs and grease. Give them a quick rinse under the kitchen sink and leave them to dry.

  • Contact your local recycling center to see if they accept potato chip bags. Most recycling centers that accept aluminum tend to accept potato chip bags.

  • Log onto Terra Cycle's website and send your potato chip packages to them. Terra Cycle recycles products that many recycling centers do not accept and turns them into other products.


  • Wash your empty potato chip bags and use them to store other foods. Since potato chip bags are made of aluminum foil, you can wrap foods that you would normally cover in foil in the cleaned bags.

  • Fashion accessories using empty potato chip bags. Shoulder bags, belts and bracelets can all be made using potato chip bags.

  • Convert family-sized potato chip bags into trash can liners for smaller trash cans if plastic bags from stores are too large.

  • House a homemade stink bomb inside a resealed potato chip bag. Trick your friends into opening a stink bomb by housing it inside of a used potato chip bag. Be sure to tape the bag discreetly so that it looks unopened.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are going to reuse your potato chip bags, be sure to wash and dry them thoroughly beforehand.


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