Not sure if you can recycle something? We work with WRAP and our members to tackle the last hurdles preventing packaging from being recyclable – and recycled! Here’s three examples where you can do a little more.
1. Recycling your bathroom packaging
Did you know nearly everything in your bathroom cabinet can be recycled?
All those beautiful bottles and jars, whether glass or plastic, are easily recycled. And so are aerosol cans, metal or plastic. In fact, recycled aluminium uses 95 percent less energy – and reduces Carbon emissions by 95 percent – than making a new can. So it’s really important. Just add bathroom packaging to your kitchen recycling collection, rinsing out where necessary. Don’t forget card and clean paper products too.
2. Recycling plastic wrapping or films
You can put your plastic film packaging for recycling in carrier bag collection points at Asda, The Co-operative, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose stores. That includes the wrap on packs of cans and bottles, bread and vegetable bags, and some rice and pasta bags (check the label!). If you shop online you can usually give them to your delivery driver.
If you can’t find a label and you’re not sure of the type of plastic the wrap is, don’t recycle it, put it in your rubbish bin. Then it won’t contaminate the recycled plastic which might come back as a milk bottle or bin bag or even a plastic pallet.
Please make sure your film is clean before taking it back to store – especially cling film.
3. Recycling your plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
You can recycle any plastic bottle – although only about 60 percent actually get recycled. You can help change that by signing up to Pledge4Plastics and recycling an extra bottle a week.
Most councils now collect plastic pots, tubs and trays too – we hope that by 2016 we’ll be able to change this label to ‘Widely Recycled’ (ie 75 percent of councils offer recycling). So when you check on your council website or on our Recycling Locator to see if you can already recycle pots, tubs and trays, if the anwser’s ‘No’, ask them why not!