20 Ways to Re-purpose or Upcycle Empty Wood Pellet Bags

Earth Day Recycle ChallengeIn honor of Earth Day, we ran a challenge on our Woodpellets.com Facebook page to find out about some uses for empty pellet bags. Some great prizes were given out (a free professional pellet stove cleaning and PelletBucks) but we also learned so many new ideas for how to repurpose bags!

The photo to the left was our contest winner’s submission. This photo illustrates how she uses her empty bags for sorting her TerraCycle Brigade recycling. It looks like she uses an empty diaper box for sorting as well! The Terracycle Brigade program collects previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste, with free shipping as well as a donation for each piece of garbage recycled.

We loved that she takes extra time and care for not-so-simple recycling, and that our empty Cleanfire Douglas Fir pellet bags are a part of her process!

Although not everyone could come in first place, we loved all the ideas! Here are some of the ways our fans repurpose (or upcycle) their bags:

  • Summer activity: make a pellet bag Water Blob!
  • Use the shroud to wrap up Christmas tree
  • Kitchen and bathroom trash bags
  • Split them in half and cover new grass seed patches in the early spring when it is still cold (mini greenhouses!)
  • Bags for recyclables, returnable bottles and cans
  • Pet waste pickup bags
  • Assemble together for tarps and covers
  • Screened room winter window covers
  • Use under and around pallets of pellets to avoid weeds and moisture
  • Cut them into strips and use them along the fencing in garden to flap in the wind and scare away birds
  • Use as sturdy manure bags for horses
  • Padding in packages for shipping
  • Cut up to use as shipping packages
  • Wrapping paper (activity: kids can decorate with markers!)
  • Cut them to fit over plants as mini greenhouses or frost protection
  • Line planters for easy Fall removal
  • Use in workshop for sawdust and wood chunks
  • Weed-blocker under patio area: cut and duct tape together, cover with sand and put patio blocks over
  • Line flower beds, before covering with mulch


Do you have any ideas to share?



  1. florence jackson princiotta Author May 21, 2014 (5:32 pm)

    I was happy to see a few ways I use my pellet bags listed. In Boston, we have huge recycle trucks that come and pick up our two wheelers so using the bags for recycling is a plus and I also use them in the garden and to chase birds away by cutting them into strips. I think those were my thoughts I sent in or someone else thinks like me. I also use them to cover items for the winter as well. Good job by Wood Pellets to get this information out to other customers and readers so they don’t think they need to throw them in the trash. They are a heavy plastic with many uses. You just need to use your imagination and don’t throw money away on buying rolls of plastic.
    Thank you,

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  2. jon Author May 21, 2014 (6:00 pm)

    yeah, we discovered how wonderful these bags are for house garbage, plastic recycling, and the used cat litter. Way better than any you can buy. I just hope we have enough bags to make it tho the next winter season.

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  3. Dan Author May 21, 2014 (6:14 pm)

    I made a fort out of three pallets, placing two as sides and one on top with 2×4 angled braces then covered it with a ton clear bag and cut a slit on one open end. The next night we received 18+ inches of snow. The kids were so excited, they stayed outside for over 5 hours. I sent out hot cocoa and homemade Chex mix for snack time and then steamed hot dogs and crackers. I have pictures but don’t know how to load them.

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  4. Paul Tlapa Author May 21, 2014 (7:04 pm)

    Pellet bags also make great storage protectors for summer items like umbrellas or outdoor carpets. For instance, I cut the bottom off one bag and slide it over the top of my outdoor umbrella – pulling it down to the bottom of the cloth. I then use a second bag turned upside-down to cover the entire top of the umbrella. Using these two pellet bags, I’m able to safely store my outdoor umbrella in my garage for the winter!

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  5. Keith Author May 21, 2014 (11:00 pm)

    Pellet bags also can be used as paint tray liners.

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