Plastic film and carrier bags

plastic bag

Generally, plastic film and carrier bags can't be recycled at home, but some can be recycled at supermarket carrier bag collection points. First, check on the packaging to see if they can be recycled or not.

To recycle or not to recycle?

Here's a list of the types of plastic packaging you can recycle at supermarket collection points:


Plastic carrrier bags

Plastic bread bags (shake out)

Plastic cereal bags i.e. Porridge Oats (not inners from boxed cereals)

Plastic wrappers and ring joiners from multipacks of cans and plastic bottles

Plastic wrappers from toilet roll and kitchen towel packs

Plastic freezer bags 

Plastic magazine and newspaper wrap (type used for home delivery only)

Thin bags used for fruit and veg at supermarkets

Bubble wrap

Don't Recycle

Cling film and other types of film

Food and drink pouches (like for coffee, baby food or cat food)

Crisp packets

Film lids from ready meals and food trays