Recycling Soft Plastics

Recycling Soft Plastics

Great news! Many supermarkets are now providing recycling bins in their stores for soft plastics.

Soft plastics are the packaging that you can’t normally put out with your household recycling. If you can scrunch the plastic and it bounces back, it’s likely to be a soft plastic.

So, this means packaging such as crisp packets, cereal liners, pasta bags, salad bags, biscuit and cake wrappers and bread bags can now be recycled.

Whilst it’s best to avoid packaging altogether, it isn’t always possible (yet!) so these bins will help prevent tons of plastic going to landfill or being burned.

Soft plastic recycling points can be found in the following supermarkets, check your item can be accepted before placing in the recycling bin.

  • Aldi
  • ASDA
  • Co-op
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

Search for your nearest participating supermarket using this useful Recycling Locator search from Recycle Now.

Recycling points aren’t currently available in all stores so if they’re not provided locally yet, it’s worth holding onto your recycling or find another organisation that takes some of these items.

Take a look at our WasteNot Food page.

Or why not make your own food

You could make your own cakes and biscuits to save on plastic packaging.

You could also try growing your own salad, vegetables or fruit.

Watch this video to find out how to make your own crisps from potatoes

Duration 1:44

or use different ingredients such as courgette, sweet potato, kale or apple

Duration 1:49

Have you ever wanted to bake your own bread? Jamie Oliver will show you how.

Duration 4:39