While most packaging can be recycled, it needs to separated and sorted as packaging can often be made up of several different plastics or materials. Unfortunately, there are still some plastics that can’t be recycled and need to be put in the regular rubbish bin. For materials that you can recycle you can get separate bins to put your recyclable materials in, which you can put out with your regular bin collection.
Why is it so important to recycle?
In a world where packaging is on the increase, it means there’s a bigger need for raw materials, which can involve cutting down forests. Not only this but gathering these raw materials can use up a lot of energy, which can have a negative impact on the environment. Find below a list of products and where you can recycle them:
Plastic bottles – These can be recycled at home or at your local recycling centre
Plastic films and carrier bags – These aren’t normally collected as part of your normal recycling service, but they are usual available to recycle in most larger supermarkets.
Food and drink cans – Can be recycled at home or at your local recycling centre
Cartons – Recycling varies across different counties, while many allow for them to be put in your normal recycling, in some areas you may need to go to your local recycling centre instead
Glass bottles – Recycled widely, many councils will allow them in your normal recycling bin, if not, you can take them to your local bottle bank
Plastic films are not normally accepted in your normal household recycling waste, but many large supermarkets will accept them as part of their recycling scheme, look out for recycling logos on your packaging.
While it may seem a lot easier to throw your plastic packaging into your normal bin collection, it’s so important to recycle to help lower emissions and to help lessen the impact of packaging on the environment.