What to do with
Plastic tubs & trays
Want to recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays but don't know if you can?
To check which plastic items can be recycled at home or to find out where your nearest recycling facilities are, use our handy Recycling Locator tool.
What plastic pots, tubs and trays can be recycled?
Not all councils accept these items but if they do, typically it will include:
|Yes please||No thanks|
|Pots (e.g. yogurt, soup, etc.)||Crisp and sweet packets/wrappers|
|Tubs (e.g. margarine, ice cream, etc.)||Film lids from the pots or trays|
|Trays/punnets (e.g. raw meat or ham trays; take-away trays; fruit/veg trays) - Note: Remove film lids and absorbent pads from the trays and put these in the general rubbish||Carrier bags/plastic wrapping film (e.g. bread bags and bubble wrap)|
|Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays||Laminated pouches (e.g. cat food/coffee pouches that spring back when you try and scrunch them. Pouches are currently not recyclable)|
|Other clear plastic packaging||Plastic toys (these are currently not recyclable)|
|Brown plant pots||Medicine packs (e.g. headache pills, etc.)|
|Expanded polystyrene (e.g. packaging inserts)|
|Plastic bottles containing chemicals (e.g. anti-freeze) - Strong chemicals that are highly poisonous are hazardous to staff and can damage the recycling equipment. Check the bottle for disposal instructions|
|Paint pots (but you can recycle at your local recycling centre)|
- Rinse food packaging - a quick rinse will do. Left-over food residue can contaminate other recyclables.
- Empty - if they contain liquid they might not be recycled as they go through the automated sorting process (the extra weight stops the item being pushed into the correct recycling stream). Liquid can also damage the machinery and contaminate other recyclables.
- Labels and bottle tops can all be left on - but plastic film must be removed and put in the general rubbish bin.
- Bottles can be squashed to save space.
- Separate any cardboard and paper from plastic packaging and recycle separately.
Tips for recycling plastic pots, tubs and trays