Newspapers Put in Recycling Cart Recycle Bag with Other Plastic Films Newspaper bags can be recycled with plastic film, which are recycled separately from plastic container recycling. Find out how to recycle plastic bags and film. Ways to Reuse Use as Packaging Consider using newspaper for packaging instead of bubble wrap. Bubble wrap and packing peanuts cannot be recycled, while newspaper is cheaper and more eco-friendly. Did You Know? How Paper Gets Recycled Newspapers make up the largest portion of curbside recycling programs in weight and volume.