Reusable Shopping Bags Alternative ways to recycle Landfill (Trash) Cart Reusable shopping bags are typically washable and can be reused hundreds of times…but when they are ripped or unusable, they need to go in the landfill cart. Cotton or other cloth bags can be included with textiles in the Recycle More program. Alternative Ways to Recycle ChicoBag Repurposing Program Send back old, reusable shopping bags (any material, any brand) to ChicoBag’s Zero Waste Program. Mail them to: ChicoBag Company C/O Zero Waste Program 747 Fortress Street Chico, CA 95973 Did You Know? Coastal Land Litter Conventional plastic bags are among the top 12 items found most frequently during coastal cleanups. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down, though because they are plastic, they will never degrade completely.