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
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)
Plastic films are not widely recycled at local recycling centres...you guessed it, keep scrolling!
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
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?
Make sure all plastic film is clean and free of food residue
Tear off sticky labels where possible
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.