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Plastic bags and wrapping

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Recycle out of home

Yes, Plastic bags and wrapping can be recycled at some out of home recycling points.

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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.

  • All plastic bags, except biodegradable or compostable bags

  • Bread bags

  • Breakfast cereal liners

  • Delivery bags

  • Dry cleaning bags

  • Frozen food bags

  • Magazine and newspaper wrappers

  • Multi-pack wrapping

  • Plastic marked as low-density polyethylene (LDPE) - resin ID code 4

  • Toilet roll wrapping

  • Fruit and Vegetable Nets

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

  • Cling film

  • Crisp and sweet bags

  • Plastic film lids

  • Bubble wrap

  • 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.

  • Find out more about how to recycle your plastic bags and wrapping here.

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