Renfrewshire Council

Packaging (food)

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.

Plastic bottles

These are widely recycled and can be recycled at home or at your local recycling centre.

Plastic pots, tubs and trays

Check locally. Increasingly these items are being accepted in household recycling schemes but many do not collect them yet. Contact your council to find out if you can recycle them in your area. These items can be recycled at most household waste and recycling centres.

Plastic films and carrier bags 

Although these are not usually collected as part of your recycling service, they can be recycled in the carrier bag collection points at the larger stores of most major retailers including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, The Co-op and Waitrose.  An 'on-pack' label for film recycling will increasingly be appearing on products.

Types of plastic film accepted

Types of plastic film not accepted

Plastic carrier bags

Any non-Polyethylene film (e.g. PP, PVC, others)

Plastic bread bags

Bubble wrap

Plastic bags from breakfast cereals

Clingfilm

Plastic wrappers from multipacks of cans and plastic bottles

Crisp packets

Plastic wrappers from toilet roll and kitchen towel

Food and drink pouches

Plastic freezer bags

Film lids from food trays

Plastic magazine (home delivery) and newspaper wrap

 

Cardboard tubes and boxes 

These are widely recycled and can be recycled at home or at your local recycling centre. Some items are made from two materials - cardboard and metal. These are more difficult to recycle and are not usually accepted in your recycling bin.

Polystyrene trays

These cannot be recycled. Please put them in the rubbish bin.

Cartons 

Check with your local council. These are widely recycled but schemes do vary across the country - in some areas you can put them in your recycling bin at home, in others you will need to take them to the recycling centre.

Glass bottles and jars 

These are widely recycled. If you council does not accept glass in your household recycling scheme, you can take them to the glass recycling banks (or bottle banks).

Foil trays 

Check with your local council to see if these can be recycled in your household recycling bin or at your local recycling centre.

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