Soft plastics can now be recycled at supermarket collection points

Over the past few months Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Co-op have announced soft plastic recycling schemes in stores across the UK.

Soft or flexible plastics are lightweight plastics that cannot be placed in your clear recycling sacks at home.
Now all large Tesco supermarkets, many Sainsbury’s stores and local Co-ops will accept items such as bread bags, fruit and vegetable packaging and crisp packets at recycling collection points. They will then be turned back into new plastic packaging.

Residents can collect their soft plastics and take them along next time they shop. It’s quick, simple and helps prevent plastic ending up in landfill or the oceans.

See what you can and can’t recycle



  • Thin plastic lids of all types
  • Kitchen towel, toilet roll, nappy bag, cotton wool wrappers
  • Pouches – microwave rice, pre-cooked mussels, petfood, etc
  • Fruit & veg nets, bags and wrappers
  • Plastic sauce sachets


  • Ordinary carrier bags
  • Bread bags
  • Crisps, nuts, snacks bags
  • Bags from:
    • Cereal and porridge
    • Dried goods – dried fruit, pasta, rice, sugar, pulses, etc
    • Frozen foods and ice cubes

Wrappers & Film

  • Chocolate and sweets bags and wrappers
  • Biscuit wrappers
  • Cling film
  • Pizza wrapping film
  • Bread product wrappers:
    • Croissants
    • Pancakes
    • Naan bread
    • Pitta bread
    • Garlic bread
    • Fresh pasta
  • Wrappers from:
    • Cheese, pastry, cakes, Yorkshire puddings
    • baby wipes, etc
    • Meat, poultry and joints
    • Tea and teabags, ground coffee, etc
    • Pies, pastries, sausage rolls,
    • Household textiles, scourers, rubber gloves, etc
    • Giftwrap, greetings cards, etc


  • Compostable carrier bags
  • Compostable and biodegradable bags & wrappers
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic trays