Too many plastic bags? Take them to the N.C. Aquarium

By on November 5, 2017

Want to help keep plastic bags and plastic film off the beaches and out of landfills, but need somewhere to drop them off for recycling?

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island will take all sorts of plastic bags and wrapping during the upcoming Plastic Bag and Film Collection Days. On select Tuesdays over the next seven months, the aquarium will accept these hard-to-recycle items.

The collection station can be found just outside the aquarium’s admission windows at 374 Airport Road, Manteo. Collections take place on the second Tuesday of each month through April.


Many different types of plastics will be accepted, including:

  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Bread bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Produce bags
  • Newspaper bags
  • Product over-wrap (covering on paper towels and cases of bottled water)

A complete list of acceptable plastics may be found at Plastic Film Recycling. Only clean and dry plastics can be accepted, so make sure all debris, including receipts or labels, is removed from the packaging and no moisture is present.

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is dedicated to the mission of “Inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.”


The aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit N.C. Aquariums/Roanoke Island.



  • Stephen

    Thanks for the info on plastic bag disposal. Perhaps we should drop the off at the office of Ms. Boswell, since she is responsible for repeal of the ban.

    Monday, Nov 6 @ 3:13 pm
  • Carter McKay

    This plastic bag issue is the biggest load of malarkey I’ve heard in quite sometime! The State of North Carolina has 100 counties and the overturned legislation only applied to Currituck, Dare and Hyde. I guess as long as our precious beaches are clean, the rest of the state can go to Hell.

    Tuesday, Nov 7 @ 9:34 am
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