Plastic bags belong in your REFUSE bin.
Examples: Carrier bags, bread bags, mixed salad bags, bags from online clothes orders, fruit/vegetable bags, frozen chip/vegetable bags, and compostable bags.
Please Remember: Carry your reusable bags to use where possible.
Hints and Tips: Some major supermarkets now have recycling points for plastic bags and packaging which cannot be recycled at home. Look out for ‘carrier bag collection points’ outside stores. As a general rule, if you can stretch the film, they can recycle it. So why not collect it at home and recycle it next time you shop.
- More than 15% of the money we spend on products pays for packaging – most of which goes straight in the bin.
- 8 million tonnes of the world’s plastics end up in our oceans each year, creating a garbage patch three times the size of France.
- Plastics from items such as carrier bags and bottles that end up in our oceans kill around 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
- Plastic rubbish in the British countryside kills thousands of land animals every year.