Plastic Film

Where can I recycle?

Plastic films are not usually accepted as part of your household recycling scheme or at your local recycling centre. However, some types of plastic films can be recycled in the carrier bag collection points at the larger stores of most major supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, The Co-op and Waitrose.


Types of plastic film accepted


Look for this label on the packaging:

  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Plastic bread bags
  • Plastic bags from breakfasr cereals
  • Plastic wrappers from multipacks of cans and plastic bottles
  • Plastic wrappers from toilet roll and kitchen towels
  • Plastic freezer bags
  • Plastic magazine (home delivery) and newspaper wrap



Types of plastic film not accepted


Look for this label on the packaging:

  • Any non-Polyethylene film (eg PP, PVC, others)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Clingfilm
  • Crisp packets
  • Food and drink pouches
  • Film lids from food trays