Thursday, 8 September 2011

Can you recycle plastic film at your supermarket?

Whilst shopping today, I noticed that the carrier bag recycling bin had a new label on it, announcing that the store is also now collecting plastic film, you know the stretchy stuff that you get around loo rolls, multipack shrink-wrap as well as the bags inside cereal boxes.

So as it's National Zero Waste Week, I'm setting you a mini challenge.

Next time you're at the supermarket, it would be great if you could check if yours has got a similar facility.

If you've not spotted it before you may be surprised as this should now be available in over 4,500 supermarkets nationwide.  If you don't believe me, take a look at this press release that was published by the British Retail Consortium in April.

Of course the next step is to check the recycling information on packaging.  If you see a label like the one shown above, you'll know that you can add it to the carrier bag collection as it's made from either LDPE or HDPE plastic film.  If the labelling's not clear, which is still often the case, you could always check with customer services.


This post was published in support of National Zero Waste Week.  For more information about the grassroots campaign, please visit


mrs green @ myzerowaste said...

OMG! THis is SO weird; you'll never guess what post I have lined up for tomorrow LOL! Now is that clever minds think alike, or fools seldom differ I wonder ...

Small Footprints said...

Wow ... how great! I wish grocery stores would stop wrapping things in that cling-wrap ... but if they won't stop, it's good to know that it can be recycled. I don't think we can recycle it in the US yet. Thanks for sharing the news!

Sonja said...

Well now you've got me taking pictures of the bins in my neighbourhood'll be pleased to know that I look at bins all the time in fact these days....I find it harder and harder to go to the supermarket -for us a trip to the supermarket has become like a weird playstation experience where you have to dodge the plastic packaging which just comes at you. I put my blinkers on, dash into Makro for necessities and then I dash home....

Almost Mrs Average said...

LOL Mrs G, I've just seen your blogpost, that is so funny. It's clever minds think alike of course hahaha,... but then again ;0) x

Hi Small Footprints, it's great to see you here. Keep applying the pressure of in the US...sending lots of positive vibes to you across the pond :)

LOL Sonja, loving the image of the playstation experience, I can see an app for that. Sadly I know just how you feel. Do send some photos of your public recycling bins if you can and I'll add them onto the Facebook page bins (which ends this Sunday) :)

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