Our food packaging comes in all shapes and sizes, and is made from many types of materials.
It is designed to protect the product on its journey through the supply chain – from the manufacturer to the shops and then on to our homes. It is recommended that we keep food in the packaging it is supplied in to optimise freshness and make it last longer.
Where can I recycle?
Most packaging is recyclable but it will need to be separated and sorted. Many types of packaging are easy to recycle at home while others need to be taken to special collection points. Some packaging items are not recyclable and should be put in the rubbish bin.
See the guide below:
To help us identify what we can recycle, many products use a label that shows how we should dispose of it.
These labels are referred to as ‘on-pack recycling labels’. Before recycling your packaging, remove any food or drink reside by rinsing it in your used washing up water. Squash items if possible to make more space in your bin.
- Food & drink cans – these are widely recycled and can be recycled at home or at your local recycling centre;