Find out what you CAN and CAN'T recycle here

You can now recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays – yogurt pots, ice cream tubs, ready meal trays, and fruit and vegetable trays in your recycling – but please don’t forget to rinse them out and dry them first and remove the tops and lids (bottle tops are too small to recycle and are usually made from a different kind of plastic).

Watch the CDC Recycling video (below).

You CAN recycle these (rinsed out) items:

  • Bleach/household cleaner bottles
  • Drinks bottles etc.
  • Shampoo/conditioner bottles
  • Chocolate tubs/trays (Roses, Heroes, etc.)
  • Cosmetic tubs and pots
  • Deodorant roll-on
  • Fruit and vegetable boxes/punnets
  • Lids from coffee jars, marmite, ice cream tubs
  • Laundry/dishwasher detergent tubs/boxes
  • Microwave/ready meal trays
  • Moulded plastic protective packaging
  • Yoghurt pots, tubs and trays
  • Ready-made salad boxes/containers
  • Sliced cheese and meat trays

You CAN”T recycle these items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Small plastic bottle tops
  • Foam food containers
  • Tupperware or lunch boxes
  • Plastic liners/wrappers/packets
  • Pens
  • Plant pots or seed trays
  • Plastic film
  • Toothbrushes or toothpaste tubes
  • Credit/gift/loyalty/membership cards
  • CD, DVD, games cases
  • Vinyl records
  • Plastic furniture
  • Triggers from spray bottles
  • Plastic plates or cutlery
  • Bin, buckets, funnels, pegs or watering cans

For more information:

Plastic Planet - Campaign for a plastic-free aisle

By 2050 there will be more plastic in the Oceans than fish by weight. Join the campaign for a plastic-free aisle in supermarkets:

Recycling advice


Remove tops and lids

Collection calendar