Plastic Tubs and Trays
Where can I recycle?
Increasingly, plastic packaging such as pots, tubs and trays are being accepted as part of household recycling schemes. Collections of these items does vary across the country though – so please check with your council in the first instance.
If your council does accept these items, typically it will include:
- Yoghurt pots;
- Food ‘pots / tubs’ for soup, noodles and cakes;
- Tubs containing cleaning products like stain remover and detergent;
- Meat trays;
- Margarine tubs;
- Ready-meal containers;
- Punnet style containers that hold fruit/vegetables, such as mushrooms or grapes;
- Hair gel containers;
- Pots containing facial or body creams.
How to recycle…
- Give items a quick rinse using your left-over washing up water;
- Squash / flatten (where appropriate) – it saves space in your recycling bin!
- Do not include plastic film lids or clingfilm.
Note: Other types of plastic pots and tubs, such as flower pots, cannot be recycled at home: however you can sometimes recycle them at household waste and recycling centres. The best option for these types of tubs is to find a keen gardener who might be able to re-use them! Alternatively, a or local allotment group may be able to make use of them – contact the National Allotment Society or your local council for details of your nearest group.
What else can I do with them?
- Plastic pots, tubs and trays can be very useful for storing odds and ends – from paperclips, to jewellery to pens and pencils!