Which types of plastic bags and wrapping can be recycled?
All plastic bags except biodegradable or compostable bags;
Breakfast cereal liners;
Shrink wrap and ring joiners from multipacks of water, cans, etc;
Frozen food bags, e.g. bags for frozen vegetables, chips, etc;
Dry cleaning bags or bags covering new clothing;
Magazine and newspaper wrappers;
Bags for loose fruit and vegetables;
Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) – resin ID code 4.
Which types of plastic bags and wrapping cannot be recycled?
Dirty bags or film, for example containing food;
Non-Polyethylene film (e.g. PP, PVC, others);
Cling film or plastic wrapping film;
Compostable and biodegradable bags and film;
Film lids from trays and pots, e.g. yoghurt pots;
Food and drink pouches;
Pre-prepared salad bags;
Wrappers from bakeries, e.g. bags with lots of small holes in them;
Plastic frozen food bags;
Plastic carrier bags.
Good to know
Top tips for recycling plastic bags and wrapping
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.