Your new recycling collection service

Plastic food and drink packaging

Recycling plastic packaging 

As part of your new blue bin recycling service you will be able to recycle rigid plastic food and drink containers. 

These include:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Margarine / butter tubs
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Fruit and vegetable punnets
  • Meat / fish trays (but not polystyrene)
  • Fresh soup containers
  • Ready meal and food trays
  • Fresh cream pots
  • Deli tubs (ie coleslaw / salad / olive tubs)
  • Plastic take-away food containers (but not polystyrene) 

All items must be rinsed out and clean for recycling

'Flexible' items such as plastic film, plastic bags, plastic food wrapping, crisp packets or plastic sleeves from a ready meal will not be able to be recycled as part of this service.

The 'scrunch' test will help you - if it stays screwed up in a ball shape, it's film. If it opens back out again to its original shape, it's 'rigid' and you will be able to recycle it.

We will also not be able to accept polystyrene

Even though it may be marked as recyclable, due to its light weight it is not currently economical to collect polystyrene for recycling. In additional, some polystyrene packing material may contain fire retardant chemicals that would contaminate other materials collected for recycling.

We will only be able accept plastic containers and not hard plastic items such as toys, plumbing pipes, pens, garden furniture, lunch boxes, CD/DVD/video cases, or plastic cutlery or crockery.

Why don't you accept plastic carrier bags / plastic wrap?

Plastic bags and film causes technical issues with the automated sorting equipment, causing mis-sorting and the rejection of otherwise good quality materials. Many supermarkets have take-back schemes for carrier bags or provide incentives for reusing them.

Plastic film / bubble wrap can be recycled by sending items to Polyprint Mailing Films: