Plastic bags are not accepted in curbside recycling. They are too thin to recycle with hard plastics and will get caught in the processing machinery. However, you can recycle plastic bags by bringing them to a drop-off location. Find your closest drop-off location.

Since 2012, retailers in San Luis Obispo County have been prohibited from using single-use plastic checkout bags in their stores. With the IWMA’s ordinance against single-use plastic bags, SLO County has joined over 100 other California communities who are reducing litter, air and water pollution from plastic bag manufacturing and landfill size and costs. Retailers offer paper bags instead of plastic ones, and customers will be charged a minimum of 10¢ per paper checkout bag.

Customers are encouraged to bring along reusable bags. Several local retailers offer a small discount on your purchase when you use a reuseable bag:

Food 4 Less
8360 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA | (805) 461-9699
1465 Creston Road, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 227-1661
3985 South Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 546-8169
Bring in a reusable bag for 4 cents per bag off your purchase.

8665 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA  | (805) 461-3636
2121 Spring Street, Paso Robles, CA  | (805) 238-1810
829 Oak Park Boulevard, Pismo Beach, CA | (805) 473-1200
201 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 546-0407
Bring in a reusable bag to earn 5 points towards gas discount at Shell stations (rewards members only).