Coffee Bags Put in Garbage Cart/Bin Recycle Paper Bags Only If your coffee bag is made only of paper, it can be recycled. If it is paper coated with a thin plastic film, like coffee cups are, it cannot be recycled because the mixed materials cannot be separated. Coffee bags made of plastic also cannot be recycled. Ways to Reduce Buy Coffee in Bulk Instead of buying single bags of coffee, buy coffee beans from the bulk section of your supermarket. Bring an empty coffee bag or jar into the store for your coffee instead of using a brand new container every time. Ways to Reuse Upcycle Your Coffee Bag You can turn a plastic coffee bag into a planter or vase, or you can turn several into a reusable tote bag.