Recycling Plastic Packaging

Recycle all your plastic pots and give them a chance to be rebornTo decide if it can be recycled, try to keep it simple! Think of plastics in broad categories;

  • bottles
    Yes - if it is a plastic bottle it can be recycled, easy!
  • pots, tubs & trays
    Yes to all yoghurt pots, margarine/ice cream tubs, meat/fish trays etc. Just look out for expanded polystyrene - this cannot currently be recycled.
  • bags & wrapping
    Yes to all carrier bags. Just look out for anything that behaves like cellophane - this cannot currently be recycled.

Good guides & helpful hints

  • Download Plastic fantastic. This poem explains the different types of plastic, how to identify them and which can be recycled. There are 4 poems to a page, so please share the remaining copies with friends and neighbours!
  • The Snap Test
    Polystyrene will snap (like a prawn cracker) when bent. If it snaps, we can't recycle it.
    Food Packaging / Containers: the majority can be recycled - except Expanded Polystyrene (The Snap Test)
  • The Stretch Test
    Plastic wrapping that stretches (i.e carrier bags) can be recycled. If it doesn't stretch, we can't recycle it.
    Plastic Wrapping: generally, if it stretches it can be recycled. So carrier bags = YES, cellophane = NO (The Stretch Test)
  • Download The Snap, Stretch and Spring.
    These quick tests are designed to be a fun way to help you decide. As before there are 4 poems to a page.

 

Item Recyclable? Further Information
Fruit Nets No not currently accepted for recycling

Cellophane Wrapping

 

No apply the Stretch Test
Cat Food / Coffee Pouches No usually made from layers of foil and plastic - difficult to separate
Yoghurt Pots Yes often made from Polypropylene (the same plastic as Tupperware)
Fruit Punnets Yes commonly made from PET (the same as plastic bottles)
Margarine Tubs Yes often made from Polypropylene
Plastic Trays Yes

often don't have a recycling symbol (triangle with number inside) but can be recycled

apply the Snap Test - Expanded Polystyrene trays will snap

Biscuit Trays Yes often don't have a recycling symbol (triangle with number inside) but can be recycled