On a day to day basis, we handle more products that we are unaware is actually able to be recycled. Whether it is a trip to the shop, or even making a sandwich for lunch polythene is in our day to day lives, but many of us are unaware of how or even where to recycle it.

Where to recycle?

Polythene can be recycled at carrier bag collection points at the larger stores of most major supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Co-op & Waitrose.

♶ What can be recycled? ♶

  • All plastic bags, except biodegradable or compostable bags.
  • Bread bags – removing the sealing tape
  • Breakfast cereal bags – cleaned
  • Shrink wrap & ring joiners from multipacks of water, cans etc
  • Frozen food bags, e.g. bags for frozen vegetables, chips, etc
  • Dry cleaning bags/bags covering new clothes
  • Magazine and newspaper wrappers – non-compostable
  • Bags for fruit and vegetables – cleaned
  • Bubble wrap
  • Low-density polythene(LDPE) – resin ID code 4.

Find out where you can recycle locally here.

Did you know?

  • It takes 91% less energy to recycle 1lb of plastic than it takes to recycle 1lb of paper.
  • It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag.
  • It would take approximately seven lorries to transport the same number of paper bags as can be transported by a single lorry full of plastic bags.