How to recycle your plastic film

Did you know you can recycle plastic carrier bags at the larger supermarkets in Shrewsbury such as Co-op, Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco and Morrisons?  Well you can. And the good news is they are now encouraging shoppers to use these in-store recycling bins for a wider range of plastic too - so you can also add any thin stretchy plastic (polythene) film including things like: - 

  • plastic wrappers from bakery goods
  • plastic breakfast cereal liners
  • plastic toilet roll wrappers
  • plastic bubble wrap
  • plastic bag-for-life bags
  • plastic bags from fruit and vegetables
  • plastic bread bags
  • plastic freezer bags
  • plastic magazine wrap
  • plastic shrink wrap
  • plastic courier bags (without paper labels)
  • plastic dry-cleaning garment covers

The average household gets through 25 kg of plastic film every year.  This may seem a small amount but it adds up to over 1,000 tonnes of the stuff across Shrewsbury!  Help keep it out of landfill by taking it back to the supermarket next time you go shopping.  This will make a big reduction in the amount of rubbish which ends up in your bin and help cut your carbon footprint.


James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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The Co-ops also have plastic bag recycling

Really - you mean the big store in Radbrook Green? I noticed they didnt at the co-op in Sutton Farm, I think its something they only offer at the larger "super" markets not the little local mini-markets, I will update our records. cheers!