Renfrewshire Council

Plastic trays

These items can be placed in your blue bin or brought along to one of our recycling centres.

Increasingly, plastic packaging such as pots, tubs and trays are being accepted as part of household recycling schemes.

  • 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

  1. Give items a quick rinse using your left-over washing up water
  2. Squash / flatten (where appropriate) - it saves space in your recycling bin!
  3. Do not include plastic film lids or clingfilm


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!

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.

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