Which types of plastic bags and wrapping can be recycled?
The following different types of plastic films are accepted at plastic carrier bag collection points.
Larger stores of major supermarkets:
All plastic bags, except biodegradable or compostable bags
Breakfast cereal liners
Dry cleaning bags
Frozen food bags
Magazine and newspaper wrappers
Plastic marked as low-density polyethylene (LDPE) - resin ID code 4
Toilet roll wrapping
Selected stores of major supermarkets also accept:
Check the store detail on the Recycling Locator below to check which of these materials they accept.
Baby, pet food, detergent and cleaning pouches
Biscuits and chocolate wrapping
Cheese, fish and meat wrapping
Crisp and sweet bags
Plastic film lids
Salad, pasta, and rice bags
Good to know
Top tips for recycling plastic bags & films
All items should be clean and free of food.
Tear off sticky labels where possible.
Compostable and biodegradable bags are not designed to be recycled and if they enter the recycling system can potentially cause quality issues in the recycled material. These should be placed in your home composting bin, if you have one.