Padded Envelopes (All Plastic) Garbage or Drop-Off Do Not Recycle Curbside Plastic-padded envelopes can clog recycling equipment, so keep them out of your curbside recycling bin. Recycle plastic-padded envelopes and other plastic film by taking it to a designated plastic bag drop-off location. Remove Paper Labels Before Recycling Before recycling, peel off or use scissors to remove any labels. Mixed Materials Go in the Garbage Padded envelopes made of mixed materials (e.g. paper envelopes with plastic bubble wrap inside) cannot be recycled. Toss them in the garbage. Ways to Reduce Buy Padded Envelopes Made of Like Materials Use bubble mailers made from all paper or all plastic instead of mixed materials that cannot be recycled. Ways to Reuse Use More Than Once Save padded envelopes you receive and reuse them when you have something to mail. Place new address labels over the original address labels and seal securely with new tape. Use as Bubble Wrap Reuse padded envelopes as padding for when you next need to store or ship something fragile. Did You Know? A New Life: Recycling Plastic Bags and Other Flexible Plastics Into More After being collected at drop-off locations, flexible plastics are often recycled into synthetic lumber for decking or park benches. Flexible plastics can also be recycled directly into another plastic bag.