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What to do with plastic film?

03 APR 20 | 1 minute read

Bread bags, cereal bags and the wrapping on your loo rolls. There is hope for these often forgotten plastic films hiding in your cupboards.

Household recycling collection

not currently recycled

At the moment, plastic films aren’t accepted in household recycling collections. But, before you relegate them to your general waste bin, scroll down to find out what types of plastic film can be recycled elsewhere.

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

not currently recycled

Plastic films are not widely recycled at local recycling guessed it, keep scrolling!

Other recycling collections

Recycling facilities exist

The good news is that some types of plastic films can be recycled in the carrier bag collection points at the larger stores of most major supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, The Co-op and Waitrose.

What can be recycled?

Types of plastic film that can be recycled include 

  • Plastic bread bags
  • Plastic bags from cereals
  • Plastic wrappers from multipacks of cans and plastic bottles
  • Plastic wrappers from toilet roll and kitchen roll
  • Plastic freezer bags
  • Plastic magazine (home delivery) and newspaper wrap
recycle with carrier bags

What can't be recycled?

Types of plastic film that cannot be recycled include:

  • Any non-polyethylene film e.g. polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cling film
  • Crisp packets
  • Food and drink pouches
  • Film lids from food trays

What can you do?

  1. Make sure all plastic film is clean and free of food residue

  2. Tear off sticky labels where possible

  3. As a general rule, if you can stretch the film then it can be recycled

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.