To decide if it can be recycled, try to keep it simple! Think of plastics in broad categories;
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.
|Fruit Nets||No||not currently accepted for recycling|
|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|
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|