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: Plastic bags are a soft plastic, and 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.