Fantastic – let’s recycle more plastic

Residents across Shropshire are now recycling a wider range of plastic.  Since the start of October 2012, Shropshire Council, has been able to collect most types of household plastic food and drinks packaging.  Simply wash and squash and put your plastic pots, tubs and trays into your recycling box along with your plastic bottles, tins and cans.

Every household has received a leaflet which explains what they need to do.  The following items can be recycled as part of the recycling collection service:

  • Plastic bottles of all types
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Margarine tubs
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Plastic trays from chocolate and biscuit boxes
  • Trays from meat and fish
  • Fruit and vegetable punnets
  • All bottle tops, lids and triggers
  • Cream and custard pots
  • Soup pots
  • Instant Noodle pots
  • Tubs for dishwasher and laundry tablets.

However please dont include the following:

  • Hard plastic items eg toys, washing-up bowls, tupperware lunchboxes etc
  • Black plastic
  • Plastic film or wrappers
  • Plastic bags or black sacks
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Food waste / general rubbish.

Cllr. Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, said:

“This is a fantastic new service which won’t cost Shropshire residents any more on their council tax bill.  It’s really important that we continue to invest in things like this to help protect our environment, support British industry and lessen the burden of landfill tax, which is just going to rise and rise in the coming years.  This in turn will help us to continue to invest in our frontline services.”

Cllr. Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for waste management, said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to help residents to recycle more plastic packaging because this is something they have been asking us for a long time.  We want to help residents recycle as much as possible and this new service will help ensure even less rubbish gets sent to landfill in Shropshire.”

For more information on recycling in Shropshire visit


James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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